What’s Up Wednesdays

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

As of July 31st, there have been 99 crashes, 12 injuries and 2,184 responses on the Causeway Bridge.

As we head back to school, it is important to remember you will be sharing the road with some fresh-faced, inexperienced students, with only a couple years of driving under their belt. This influx of traffic makes it all the more important for each and every one of us to exhibit safe and responsible driving behaviors, especially teenagers and other young drivers. If you are the parent of a young driver, it’s important that you continue to remind your child of safe driving techniques ― both through your words and by setting a positive example. Here are a few safe driving tips regarding the importance of using your turning signal for lane changes.

• Get into the habit of signaling every time you change direction. Signal even when you do not see anyone else around. It’s easy to miss someone who needs to know what you are doing.
• Signal as early as you can. Try and signal at least three seconds before you make your move.
• After you have made a lane change, make sure your turn signal is off. After short turns, the signals may not turn off by themselves. If you do not, other drivers might think you plan to turn again.

Sure, all this advice is common sense. But for one reason or another, daydreaming and distracted drivers are often negligent turn-signal users. So it’s important to make a habit of properly using your turn signals. Don’t rely on the guesswork of other motorists. Make your intentions known as much as possible.

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

As of July 31st, there have been 99 crashes and 12 injuries on the Causeway Bridge.

As kids head back to school, new research from Safe Kids USA shows that one out of every six drivers are distracted by the use of cell phones, eating, drinking, smoking, reaching behind, grooming and reading.

The study shows that use of electronics (such as cell phones, PDAs and Smartphones) was the leading category of distraction while driving at 9.8 percent. Also, drivers who were not wearing a seat belt were the most likely group to drive distracted, meaning drivers engaging in one risky behavior are more likely to engage in multiple unsafe driving behaviors.

Think of yourself, your children and others on the road when you drive. The Causeway Police department is always there to help should an accident occur, but preventing disaster is always the best way forward.

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

As of July 31st, there have been 99 crashes on the Causeway Bridge.

Driving in the left lane can cause hazards on the Causeway Bridge. The strongest predictor of an accident isn’t speeding, but variance from the average speed of traffic — and a car going 5 miles per hour slower than the surrounding traffic has a greater chance of causing an accident than one going 5 miles per hour faster than it. There’s even some evidence that this is why accident and fatality rates are so much lower on the German Autobahn, compared with US interstates, even though speed limits are higher (or in some places nonexistent) in Germany.

Another hazard is texting and driving, but once you know the facts, this hazardous habit starts to become a reality.

  • 26% of all car crashes in 2014 involved cell phone use.
  • At least 9 people are killed every day because of a distracted driver.
  • More than 1,000 people are injured every day due to a distracted driver.
  • In 2015 42% of teens say they have texted while driving—and texting and driving is the leading cause of death in teens.

Please help to keep the Causeway Bridge safe by driving in the right lane, passing on the left and no texting while driving.

Wednesday, July 23, 2018

As of June 30th, there have been 87 crashes, 12 injuries, 1,805 responses on the Causeway Bridge. One third of the 87 crashes resulted from rear ends into breakdowns.

An emergency situation (flat tire, breakdown, etc.) on the Causeway Bridge can be chaotic. Emergency situations happen unexpectedly. One of the main causes of accidents on the Bridge is drivers being inattentive. PLEASE STAY ALERT. If you are having vehicle problems and your car is disabled on the Causeway Bridge, follow the tips below and the situation will be less frightening.

  1. Stay Calm
  2. Activate your hazard lights
  3. Attempt to drive to the nearest Crossover while traveling in the right lane
  4. If your vehicle cannot make it, pull over in the right lane
  5. While waiting on the curb, call Causeway Police *CP (*27) or 504-835-3116
  6. If you can, walk to the closest call box behind your vehicle while flagging oncoming traffic
  7. Wave oncoming traffic into the left lane
  8. Wait for the Causeway Police or Emergency personnel to arrive

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

As of June 30th, there have been 87 crashes, 12 injuries and 1, 805 responses on the Causeway Bridge.

Louisiana Law states that no one shall drive in the left lane on a multi lane roadway at speeds less than or equal to the vehicle in the right lane. Blocking the left lane causes traffic to not flow smoothly, back up, and can induce vehicle crashes. If a vehicle impedes the normal flow of traffic the driver can be issued a citation.

This is especially true on a two lane bridge such as the Causeway. Blocking the left lane also causes road rage, which leads to collisions and more traffic jams.

If a vehicle is speeding in the left lane, get over into the right lane and dial 504-835-3116 or *27 to contact the Causeway Police department to report the driver. We’ll correct them.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

As of June 30th, there have been 87 crashes and 12 injuries on the Causeway Bridge.

Turn signals are powerful safety features on cars. They alert other drivers when we’re planning to turn or switch lanes. Unfortunately, many drivers forget to use turn signals. A study by The Society of Automotive Engineers, suggests misuse/lack of use of turn signals cause as many accidents as distracted driving. Here is the importance of using turn signals.

Inform Drivers Around You – One of the most important aspects of turn signals is to alert drivers around you of your next move. No one can read our minds. To avoid an accident, always make sure to use your turn signals no matter how much or little traffic is around you. If you and another driver are planning to switch into the same lane, your turn signal could prevent an accident.

Alarming Turn Signal Statistics

  • Drivers on the road neglect to use their turn signals 750 billion times a year
  • Many drivers don’t use their turn signal 25 percent of the time when turning
  • Driver neglect using turn signals 48 percent of the time when switching lanes
  • Drivers forget to turn off their turn signal 48 percent of the time


Wednesday, July 04, 2018

As of June 30th, there have been 87 crashes on the Causeway Bridge.

The Fourth of July is a wonderful time to celebrate with family, friends, food, and fireworks. Yet it is also one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to drunk driving. Last year between the evening of July 1 and the morning of July 5, 188 people nationwide were killed in crashes involving drunk drivers, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). That represented 41 percent of road deaths for the holiday period.

There is simply no excuse for getting behind the wheel if you have been drinking. Your life and the lives of your friends and family are too important to not have a plan to get home safely. Car services, taxis, and local transit provide just some options for a safe ride.

America’s Independence Day is about freedom. But freedom comes with responsibilities. When you get behind the wheel, you are not only responsible for your own safety, but also for the safety of those who ride with you and share the road with you. Safe driving begins with buckling up, being attentive, and never, ever getting behind the wheel if you have been drinking.