POSTED: Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 11:26am
UPDATED: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 6:08pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — The Thanksgiving holiday weekend is traditionally one of the busiest travel periods of the year. In response, the Louisiana State Police will have an increased number of troopers on patrol this weekend working to keep motorists safe. This extra allocation in manpower is made possible by overtime funds provided by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.
Particular attention will be paid to seat belt use and to those that choose not to put their children in appropriate child restraints. Louisiana law requires that all occupants be properly restrained regardless of their age or seating position. While not all crashes are survivable, seat belts can greatly decrease the occupant’s chance of death and may greatly reduce the extent of injury.
In 2009, 65 percent of drivers killed in Louisiana were not wearing a seat belt. “Sadly, the holidays, which for many are the happiest time of the year, is also one of the deadliest and most tragic,” said Colonel Mike Edmonson, State Police Superintendent.