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Thursday, December 12, 2018

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.

Thursday, December 06, 2018

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!

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

As of October 31st, there have been 187 DWI arrests on the Causeway Bridge this year.

Christmas time is supposed to be a time for joy, togetherness, harmony, and peace. Unfortunately, sometimes driving in heavy traffic can bring out the worst in people. Typical signs of aggressive driving, or road rage, are tailgating, yelling at another driver, honking the horn or making obscene gestures. If you encounter an aggressive driver on the Causeway Bridge, it is important not to escalate the situation by responding with obscene gestures or making eye contact. Contact the Causeway Police dispatch (504-835-3116 or *27 on your mobile phone) to report those drivers. Please drive using reason because it is critical always and especially this holiday season.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

As of October 31st, there have been 143 crashes 15 injuries and 3,173 responses on the Causeway Bridge this year.

Gravy is everything at Thanksgiving. You can have a perfect turkey but you still need dark and decadent gravy to spoon over the top. My Grandma stressed the importance to save the giblets, after they are removed from the Turkey, for the perfect gravy.

Same holds true for our giblets. Stay safe when you’re behind the wheel by buckling up every time. Our loved ones are counting on us to be there for Thanksgiving. During the 2015 Thanksgiving Holiday, 53% of passengers killed in crashes weren’t wearing seatbelts. It is estimated that unbelted fatalities and injuries costs the citizens of Louisiana $988,874,140 per year.

This Thanksgiving, we need to be thankful for our friends, family, coworkers and life. Buckling our seatbelt cost nothing but not buckling could cost everything.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

As of October 31st, there have been 143 crashes and 15 injuries on the Causeway Bridge this year.

Turkeys can make a variety of sounds. Male turkeys are called “gobblers” because of their famous call. It’s a loud, shrill, throaty sound. Females cackle as they fly down from roosts, give very short, soft purring calls. If you listen really closely, sometimes you can hear the female and male turkeys call out “buckle, buckle”!

During the Thanksgiving holiday period, millions of people will hit the roads nationwide eager to spend time with family and friends. In Louisiana, over 700 people were injured and 10 people were killed in fatal crashes during the 2017 Thanksgiving holiday. Please consider the following:
Buckling up is the single most effective thing you can do to save your life in a crash.
Someone not wearing a seat belt is 30 times more likely to be ejected from a vehicle during a crash.
Three out of four people ejected during a crash die from their injuries.

Making the right decision can often mean the difference between life and death. Please buckle up and make sure everyone arrives safely to Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

As of October 31st, there have been 143 crashes on the Causeway Bridge this year.

We are very proud of our New Orleans Saints. They are on a 7 game winning streak and last week sent the Los Angeles Rams back to the West Coast with their first loss of the season. Although we all would like to be Saints, you do not want to be in one of the accidents that occur on the Causeway. There is no instant replay to help you understand what happened. There is no slow-motion video with expert commentators who give details how you could have avoided the accident. Here are the most common reasons accidents occur on the Bridge:

1. Distracted Driving
2. Driving while Under the Influence
3. Speeding
4. Reckless Driving
5. Tailgating
6. Vehicle Maintenance (Such as Bald Tires, Bad Brakes, etc.)

Although some crashes are unavoidable, knowing the most common reasons for accidents may help you prevent them from happening. In 2017, there were 184 crashes that occurred on the Causeway Bridge. You do not want to be in that number.