What’s Up Wednesday: 12/26/18

 

As of November 30th, there have been 204 DWI arrest on the Causeway Bridge this year.

Ringing in the New Year with friends and family is so much fun. Many of us will be attending parties. We usually think and plan for the party but not the ride home afterwards. Compared to an average night on the weekend, there are 71% more crashes with drugs or alcohol as a contributing factor between December 31st at 6pm and January 1st at 6am. In just that 12 hour period, alcohol and drug related car crashes skyrocket.

Don’t start 2019 with a bang from your airbag. If you are attending a party and have been drinking, please sleep there, take a taxi, call a friend, or use a ride-sharing service to get you home.


What’s Up Wednesday: 12/19/18

 

As of November 30th, there have been 155 crashes, 19 injuries and 3,442 responses on the Causeway Bridge this year.

Lights adorn houses, stores are busy, and children are excited with anticipation. Those are sure-fire signs that Christmas is just around the corner. Another way to tell that the festive season is upon us is by looking at the thousands of drivers turning red with anger at the busier roads.

Road rage may not be unique to the holiday period but there’s something about the 12th month of the year that seems to bring out the very worst in some drivers. 66% of traffic fatalities, around the country, are believed to be due to aggressive driving, it’s clear that road rage is a huge problem. Stress is one of the most common causes of road rage. You’ll often find that driving at Christmas is even more stressful than at any other point in the year.

If you find yourself in a road rage incident this Holiday season, please remember to breathe slow, keep calm, count your blessings and don’t become a Grinch. Be jolly like Santa instead and you’ll save lives. If you do see any road rage while driving, please contact GNOEC Dispatch at 504-835-3116 (*27). Merry Christmas from the GNOEC Commission and Staff.


What’s Up Wednesday 12/12/18

 

As of November 30th, there have been 155 crashes and 19 injuries on the Causeway Bridge this year.

It is that time of year when Santa watches to see who is on the naughty or nice list. Not only does texting and driving put you on the naughty list, it could also cost you and/or your loved one’s life.

According to the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), nine percent of fatal crashes were reported as distracted drivers in 2016. Nationwide, distracted driving claimed 3,450 lives that year. Texting while driving is especially dangerous because it combines visual, manual and cognitive distractions. It takes your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel, and your mind off of the task of driving.

Santa doesn’t text while in his sleigh and neither should we when driving our vehicles. Don’t be on the naughty list. Remember one text could wreck it all.


What’s Up Wednesday: 12/6/18

 

As of November 30th, there have been 155 crashes on the Causeway Bridge this year.

Too bad we can’t all travel by flying sleigh because December is a busy time on our nation’s roads. Everyone is in a hurry to finish their Christmas shopping, buying gifts or celebrating with loved ones. Although all of those fun things are important, it is paramount to watch your speed this Holiday season.

In Louisiana alone, One hundred and sixty-five of the fatal accidents last year were related to speeding. Cars going at higher speeds do more damage if they hit another vehicle, and they may not be able to stop or slow down in time to avert an accident.

So plan ahead to allow for extra time to get to your destination, take time to call ahead if you’re running late, and drive safely!