WHAT’S UP WEDNESDAY: 01/22/20

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Despite legal initiatives and public education campaigns, drunk driving remains a serious problem in the United States. Before getting behind the wheel after having a few, consider the many reasons why you should not.

Legal Penalties – In Louisiana, driver’s license suspension is required for people who receive a DWI. Also, there are fines and court costs that will be assessed to those convicted of drinking and driving.

Diminished Driving Skills – Alcohol impairs your motor skills, meaning drunk drivers are dangerous drivers.
Reaction Time and Judgment – Alcohol acts as a depressant on the central nervous system. Because of this, it can significantly impair judgment and reaction time—a bad combination when behind the wheel.

Guilt – If the above reasons are not enough to think twice before driving after having a few drinks, ask yourself if you will be able to live with the guilt if someone is injured or killed because of your reckless actions.

To report impaired drivers, commuters are encouraged to dial *27 (*CP) from their cellular phone or 504-835-3116 to contact the Causeway and Huey P. Long Police dispatch.


WHAT’S UP WEDNESDAY: 01/15/20

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

It is important to buckle children (Star Wars fan or not) up properly in a car seat before you hit the road to a galaxy (or anywhere) far, far away.

Proper installation and use of child safety seats could be the difference between life and death in the event of a crash. According to the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission’s (LHSC), it’s estimated that 96% of all child restraints are installed incorrectly. Louisiana Highway Safety Commission’s (LHSC) website lists locations where nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians are available to check child safety seats to make sure they are installed properly.

Parents should follow baby Yoda’s example and make sure their little one’s car seat is installed properly. Be safe he will.


WHAT’S UP WEDNESDAY: 01/08/20

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

20/20 vision is a term used to express perfect vision (the clarity or sharpness of vision) measured at a distance of 20 feet.

Driving under the influence impairs a person’s 2020 vision. While under the influence, some people may notice their vision is blurred or they are unable to control eye movement. Impaired vision can affect how people judge the distance between the car and other vehicles on the road. Additionally, fewer objects may be visible within a person’s peripheral vision or what can be seen to either side when looking straight ahead.

It is imperative to never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. To report impaired drivers, commuters are encouraged to dial *27 (*CP) from their cellular phone or 504-835-3116 to contact the Causeway and Huey P. Long Police dispatch.


WHAT’S UP WEDNESDAY: 01/01/20

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

Many of us will make New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, exercise more, and abolish bad habits. Instead of picking the usual options, consider making some New Year’s resolutions about driving instead. According to the National Safety Council, 40,000 Americans perished in motor vehicle accidents during 2017 (2018 figures aren’t available at this time). Additionally, 4.6 million were injured seriously enough to require medical attention. Here are some ways to help:

  1. Never drink and drive
  2. Eliminate distractions while driving
  3. Drive the speed limit
  4. Always buckle up
  5. Maintain your vehicle and tires

Although it may be common sense, if we follow the steps above, the roadway will be a much safer place. Start the New Year out right by committing to driving safer.