LA highway death toll lowest in 25 years
A report from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission shows the number of highway deaths are at their lowest since 1984. The commission says over 800 people died on Louisiana's highways last year. Though that number is significant, it's far away from a 25 year high of almost 1,000.
"It's due to the public," says Lt. Doug Cain with Louisiana State Police. "They're wearing their seatbelt. They're choosing not to drink and drive, and hopefully if we continue that trend, we'll save even more lives."
2009 was the second year in a row that deaths and injuries were down in the state. Police say they'll continue to educate everyone from pre-schoolers to professionals about being safe on the roads.