POSTED: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 10:30am
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 10:34am
BATON ROUGE, LA — Louisiana State Police will have an increased number of Troopers on patrol this week and throughout the Fourth of July holiday.
This extra allocation in manpower is made possible by funding provided by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission. As communities across the state prepare to celebrate our nation’s independence, Louisiana State Troopers are partnering with local law enforcement in a cooperative effort to ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday for everyone.
During holidays, LSP sees an increase in travel/traffic volume, which can lead to more crashes. Motorists need to remain attentive to their surroundings, exercise patience, extend respect and courtesy to other motorists, and avoid/limit distractions inside the vehicle. These are behaviors that everyone should practice each and every day.
This week and throughout the Fourth of July holiday, they will be targeting aggressive drivers, impaired drivers, those that choose not to wear their seatbelts, and those that choose not to secure their children in child restraints. Motorists who drive aggressively, drive impaired, or do not take the time to wear seatbelts and secure children are responsible for many of the fatal crashes we investigate.
“Troopers will continue to work diligently with our law enforcement partners to aid in the removal of impaired drivers from our roadways,” said Colonel Mike Edmonson, State Police Superintendent. “These types of proactive enforcement practices are performed every day, in our state, to aid in a safer driving environment for all. You can rest assured that we will do our part, but it is the responsibility of each driver/citizen to make good decisive decisions to help combat driving impaired. We encourage all citizens and visitors to make sure all occupants inside their vehicle are properly restrained, limit distractions, and designate a sober driver in order to arrive at their destination safely.”
According to statistics from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, preliminary data indicates that all three of 2012's Fourth of July holiday crash deaths were alcohol related. In 2011, seven people were killed in crashes over the Fourth of July holiday, with more than half of those involving alcohol.