Shelby LaSalle Jr. of Mandeville has been appointed to the Causeway Commission by theSt. Tammany Parish Council. LaSalle replaces Larry Rase, also of Mandeville, whose term expires at the end of the month.
Inattentive drivers on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway are the prime reason for wrecks along the heavily-traveled span, its general manager said Tuesday. Fourteen vehicles have gone over the side and into the lake in the past 20 years, Carlton Dufrechou, the bridge’s top executive, told the New Orleans Regional Planning.
Causeway police are cracking down on speeders, careless drivers and other traffic offenders on the 24-mile bridge in the wake of two recent fatal accidents in which vehicles went off the bridge and into Lake Pontchartrain. “Enforcement has really been ratcheted up,” bridge General Manager Carlton Dufrechou said Wednesday (Dec. 3).