Wednesday, April 24, 2019

There have been 52 DWI arrests on the Causeway Bridge so far this year.

In an effort to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities resulting from unrestrained motorist in traffic crashes, the Causeway Police Department will participate in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “Buckle Up in your Truck” program.

Although pickup trucks represent only about 25 percent of the vehicles in Louisiana, pickup truck drivers accounted for 66-percent of those killed in crashes while not wearing seat belts. State observation surveys and fatality data show that pickup truck drivers and passengers fall well behind occupants of other kinds of passenger vehicles when it comes to wearing seat belts. Pick-up trucks are two times more likely to rollover than cars in fatal crashes. Taking the time to buckle up before every trip is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash.
The Causeway Police department will be conducting enhanced enforcement of the seat belt/child restraint laws, both on the Causeway and the Huey P. Long Bridges. Remember to Buckle Up In Your Truck or you will get a ticket!


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

As of March 31st, there have been 27 crashes, 16 injuries and 789 responses to breakdowns on the Causeway Bridge.

Easter season is right around the corner and many of us will buy candy to prepare for the holiday. One of the most popular sugar items purchased for the Easter holiday is Peeps. If you are not familiar with them, Peeps are made of a soft marshmallow rolled in brightly colored sugar and shaped like baby chickens or bunnies.

Distracted driving has continued to be a major issue throughout the United States, claiming thousands of lives every year. Here are three common myths about distracted driving:

MYTH 1: DRIVERS CAN MULTI-TASK – What we think of as multi-tasking is really just the brain switching rapidly from thinking task to thinking task. This switching back and forth limits our ability to do either task at full capacity.

MYTH 2: TALKING TO A PASSENGER IS THE SAME AS TALKING ON A PHONE – Passengers provide a second set of eyes and ears on the road to help the driver avoid accidents. Adult passengers tend to adjust their conversation to the level of traffic on the road in order to lessen distraction to the driver. Someone on the other end of a cell phone conversation can’t do that.

MYTH 3: HANDS FREE DEVICES MAKE TALKING AND DRIVING SAFE – Drivers talking on cell phones miss seeing up to 50% of their driving environments, including red lights and pedestrians. This is called “inattention blindness.” It happens hands free too.

If we drive distracted, we risk not only our own lives but also jeopardize the lives of others. Whether you are eating sugary Peeps or hanging out with your friends, do not drive distracted.

What’s Up Wednesday: 04/10/19

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

As of March 31, 2019, there have been 27 crashes and 16 injuries on the Causeway Bridge.

The last and final season for “Game of Thrones” starts on Sunday, April 14, 2019. Fans of the show have waited for nearly two years for this last season to air. Do not miss it by driving distracted.

There is no question that texting while driving is extremely dangerous and irresponsible. Vehicle accidents are a large contributor to the annual death toll in the United States, causing over 146,000 deaths in 2017 alone. Many drivers think that they are “good” at texting and driving. This is the equivalent to saying we’re good at driving blindfolded—we’re not. AAA conducted a study in 2018 that showed drivers knew texting while driving was extremely dangerous, and yet they did it anyway. Some of the statistics behind texting and driving accidents are astonishing. The most shocking facts include:

  • People who text while driving are 6 times more likely to get into an accident than those who drive while intoxicated.
  • 11 teenagers die every day due to texting while driving.
  • Teenagers are 400% more likely to get into an accident from texting while driving than adults.
  • Drivers distracted by texting are 8 times more likely to be involved in a collision than non-distracted drivers.
  • 64% of all vehicle accidents in the United States each year are caused from cell phone usage behind the wheel—that’s 1.6 million accidents.
  • Since 2010, over 660,000 drivers are using cell phones while driving at any given moment in the United States. What’s the Solution?

Experts agree that the beginning of a distracted driving solution is the drivers themselves. Lead by being a good example for your friends and family. Do not drive distracted.

What’s Up Wednesday: 04/03/19

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

As of March 31st, there have been 27 crashes on the Causeway Bridge.

Most people are familiar with the song “Hello”. It is a song by British singer-songwriter Adele, released in October 2015. It won three Grammy Awards (Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Solo Performance). Lyrically, the song focuses on themes of nostalgia and regret and plays out like a conversation.

Buckling up is the most important safety measure you can take to protect yourself in a crash as it helps keep you safe and secure inside your vehicle. Seat belts are also the best defense against impaired, aggressive, and distracted drivers.
Each year about 33,000 people are killed in motor vehicle crashes. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car crashes are the leading cause of death for people age 4 and from the age of 11 through 27 in the U.S. With 45 to 60 percent effectiveness, seat belts are the single most effective means of reducing the risk of death in a crash and have saved nearly 300,000 lives since 1975 in the U.S. alone.

As Adele sings in her powerful song “Hello from the other side. I must’ve called a thousand times. To tell you I’m sorry. For everything that I’ve done”, don’t regret not using your seatbelt.

What’s Up Wednesday: 03/27/19

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

There have been 33 DWI arrests on the Causeway Bridge so far this year.

Driving while exhausted has serious consequences. It can lead to car accidents and possibly harm, not just the driver, but anyone else in the vehicle. According to the National Sleep Association (NSA) sixty percent of adults in the U.S. have driven drowsy and around one-third of people have actually fallen asleep at the wheel.

Here are the red flags that indicate someone is too drowsy to drive:

  • Trouble focusing
  • Heavy eyelids
  • Inability to remember stretches of road
  • Yawning constantly
  • Bobbing of the head
  • Drifting from the lane

It is always best to get some rest at home before getting behind the wheel. If drowsiness starts to happen while driving, find a safe space to pull over to take a 20-minute nap, buy a cup of caffeinated coffee to help keep alert or switch drivers (if possible). Taking these simple precautions will help lower the risk of crashes.

What’s Up Wednesday: 03/20/19

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

There have been 15 crashes, 10 injuries and 496 responses this year.

Would anyone think it is a good idea to drive the Causeway Bridge blindfolded? Well that’s essentially what drivers are doing when texting while driving. According to a survey conducted by AT&T, 49 percent of drivers admitted they text while driving. In that same survey, more than 90 percent of drivers know texting while driving is dangerous. So why are drivers still doing it? Experts believe we compulsively check our phones because every time we get a message on our phone our brain sends out a signal that makes us feel happy. Drivers are saying they continue to do this because it’s a habit, like to stay connected and it makes them feel more productive. Here are some stats and tips on how we can end texting while driving:

  • More than 3,000 teens die each year in crashes caused by texting while driving (autosafety.com)
  • Cell phones are involved in 1.6 million auto crashes each year that cause a half million injuries and take 6,000 lives (United States Department of Transportation)
  • Truck drivers are 23 times more likely to be in an accident when texting behind the wheel
  • It’s estimated that 40 percent of all American teens say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that puts people in danger (National Safety Council)
  • 48 percent of young drivers have seen their parents text while driving (Consumer Reports)
  • Using a cell phone while driving, whether it’s hand-held or hands-free, delays a driver’s reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent (National Safety Council)

Please help stop this deadly habit.

What’s Up Wednesday: 03/13/19

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

As of February 28, 2019, there have been 15 crashes and 10 injuries on the Causeway Bridge.

Each year, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated with parades, funny leprechaun hats, and plenty o’ green beer. Unfortunately, it often ends with risky drunk drivers taking to the streets when the parties end. Drunk driving accounts for nearly one-third of vehicle-related fatalities in the United States. If you plan to go out and enjoy the evening with alcohol, make sure you get a designated driver. Below are some facts from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) to make your St. Paddy’s Days fun and safe.

  • St. Patrick’s Day is one of the deadliest holidays on our nation’s roads. During the 2013-2017 St. Patrick’s Day holidays, 234 lives were lost due to drunk-driving crashes nationwide. In 2017, drunk driving killed more than 10,000 people in our country, and every single one of those deaths was preventable. Do your part this St. Patrick’s Day and arrange for a sober driver to ensure you get home safely.
  • In 2017 alone, 59 people (37% of all crash fatalities) were killed in drunk-driving crashes over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday period.
  • Between midnight and 5:59 a.m. March 18, 2017, three-fourths (75%) of crash fatalities involved a drunk driver.

Always remember to plan ahead. It is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you feel ok, designate a sober driver, use public transportation or a ride service to get home safely.