As family and friends gathered for Thanksgiving festivities, Louisiana State Police troopers investigated multiple fatality crashes throughout our state. Lack of seat belt usage and speed were among the major contributing factors.
LSP reported this morning that troopers investigated ten fatal crashes, which resulted in 16 fatalities from the afternoon of Wednesday, November 24 through Monday night. “This was a significant increase as compared to last year’s travel period,” noted a LSP press release. “In 2020, eight fatalities occurred in seven crashes. This total does not include crash investigations conducted by local law enforcement agencies leading to potentially higher fatal statistics.”
Two Grambling State students were killed in separate crashes during the Thanksgiving break.
LSP reminds motorists that traffic congestion will continue throughout the holidays, and drivers are urged to exercise patience and good judgment behind the wheel. Although the statistics changed, the causes of these crashes remain the same. Impairment, speeding, distractions and lack of seat belts are common factors.
“As we approach the Christmas and New Year holiday, please do your part by never driving while impaired or riding with an impaired driver,” the press statement urges. “Obey the speed limit, avoid distractions while behind the wheel, and always ensure proper seat belt use for all vehicle occupants. Louisiana State Troopers and local law enforcement partners remain committed to preventing these tragic crashes and will be working to enforce the state’s seat belt and impaired driving laws throughout the holidays.”
Motorists can report unsafe drivers to the nearest LSP Troop by dialing *LSP (*577). Information about road conditions, construction activities, and other critical incidents can be obtained by visiting the 511 Traveler Information System website at www.511la.org, calling 511, or downloading the Louisiana 511 app.
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