What’s Up Wednesdays

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

As of May 31st, there have been 75 crashes, 10 injuries 1,487 responses on the Causeway Bridge this year.

Drinking and driving in Louisiana remains a major cause of vehicle crashes, serious injuries and fatalities. In 2016, alcohol-impaired drivers in Louisiana were involved in crashes that killed 334 people representing more than 40 percent of all traffic fatalities. State and local law enforcement officials work year-round to identify drunk drivers and get them off our roads.

Authorities offer the following safety tips:

  •  Never drive if you’ve consumed any alcohol.
  • Be aware that medication – including pain pills, sleep medicines, antidepressants, cough medicines, antihistamines and decongestants – may make you unfit to drive.
  • Plan a safe way to get home before the event begins.
  • If someone you know has been drinking, don’t let them drive. Take their keys, drive them home or arrange a ride.
  • Report impaired drivers to your local law enforcement agency.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

As of May 31st, there have been 75 crashes and 10 injuries on the Causeway Bridge this year.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 4,956 motorcyclists were killed in 2015. While some of these accidents were single vehicle accidents, many involved automobiles. As drivers of cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs, we have the responsibility not only to share the road, but also to take proactive measure to increase the safety of motorcycle riders who we encounter on our way.

There has been a notable increase in the number of motorcycles on the road in recent years. The increased number led to a significant number of inexperienced motorcycle riders, many of whom become involved in accidents with cars. Many accidents involving both motorcycles and automobiles are the fault of the automobile driver.

Remember that there is no such thing as a fender-bender for a motorcycle rider. They are completely exposed. Most multi-vehicle accidents involving motorcycles cause serious or fatal injuries to the riders. It is your responsibility, as the driver of an automobile, to take caution and do everything in your power to prevent motorcycle accidents.

GNOEC employee Georgie Bagnetto’s mother
June Elliott Haggerty in Sept. 1945

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

As of May 31st, there have been 75 traffic accidents on the Causeway Bridge.

In remembrance of D-Day, below is a speech given by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on June 6, 1944:

My fellow Americans: Last night, when I spoke with you about the fall of Rome, I knew at that moment that troops of the United States and our allies were crossing the Channel in another and greater operation. It has come to pass with success thus far.

And so, in this poignant hour, I ask you to join with me in prayer:

Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.

Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith.

They will need Thy blessings. Their road will be long and hard. For the enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces. Success may not come with rushing speed, but we shall return again and again; and we know that by Thy grace, and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph.

They will be sore tried, by night and by day, without rest-until the victory is won. The darkness will be rent by noise and flame. Men’s souls will be shaken with the violences of war.

For these men are lately drawn from the ways of peace. They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate. They fight to let justice arise, and tolerance and good will among all Thy people. They yearn but for the end of battle, for their return to the haven of home.

Some will never return. Embrace these, Father, and receive them, Thy heroic servants, into Thy kingdom.

And for us at home – fathers, mothers, children, wives, sisters, and brothers of brave men overseas – whose thoughts and prayers are ever with them – help us, Almighty God, to rededicate ourselves in renewed faith in Thee in this hour of great sacrifice.

Many people have urged that I call the Nation into a single day of special prayer. But because the road is long and the desire is great, I ask that our people devote themselves in a continuance of prayer. As we rise to each new day, and again when each day is spent, let words of prayer be on our lips, invoking Thy help to our efforts.

Give us strength, too – strength in our daily tasks, to redouble the contributions we make in the physical and the material support of our armed forces.

And let our hearts be stout, to wait out the long travail, to bear sorrows that may come, to impart our courage unto our sons wheresoever they may be.

And, O Lord, give us Faith. Give us Faith in Thee; Faith in our sons; Faith in each other; Faith in our united crusade. Let not the keenness of our spirit ever be dulled. Let not the impacts of temporary events, of temporal matters of but fleeting moment let not these deter us in our unconquerable purpose.

With Thy blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy. Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogancies. Lead us to the saving of our country, and with our sister Nations into a world unity that will spell a sure peace a peace invulnerable to the schemings of unworthy men. And a peace that will let all of men live in freedom, reaping the just rewards of their honest toil.

Thy will be done, Almighty God.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Wearing your seat belt is required by law and has been since 1968 when the Motor Vehicle Safety Standard was passed, enforcing all car manufacturers to build seat belts into their vehicles. That being said, driving without one on is reckless and can lead to serious injuries.

Safety – seat belts promote safety. More specifically, seat belts can aid in the following: preventing you from hitting the windshield, being thrown from the vehicle and hitting the steering wheel, door, etc. Also, women who are pregnant are more protected when they’re wearing a seat belt.

Air Bags – They are much more effective when the driver and passengers are wearing their seat belts. If you’re not wearing your seat belt, then your body will most likely not remain in the position in which the airbag can protect you.

The Best Defense – Seat belts are known to offer the best defense against the following: road hazards and drivers that are aggressive, distracted or impaired.

Wednesday, May 22, 2018

As of April 30th, there have been 89 DWI arrests on the Causeway Bridge this year.

  • The consequences of not wearing, or improperly wearing, a seat belt are clear:
    • Buckling up helps keep you safe and secure inside your vehicle, whereas not buckling up can result in being totally ejected from the vehicle in a crash, which is almost always deadly.
    •  Air bags are not enough to protect you; in fact, the force of an airbag can seriously injure or even kill you if you’re not buckled up.
    • Improperly wearing a seat belt, such as putting the strap below your arm, puts you and your children at risk in a crash.
  • The benefits of buckling up are equally clear:
    • If you buckle up in the front seat of a passenger car, you can reduce your risk of:
      • Fatal injury by 45 percent
      • Moderate to critical injury by 50 percent
    • If you buckle up in a light truck, you can reduce your risk of:
      • Fatal injury by 60 percent
      • Moderate to critical injury by 65 percent

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

As of April 30th, there have been 66 traffic crashes, 10 injuries and 1,114 responses on the Causeway Bridge this year.
Seat belts are the single most effective safety feature ever invented and have helped save thousands of lives. Sadly, one in five Americans fail to regularly wear a seat belt when driving or riding in a motor vehicle.

There are more than 100 Louisiana law enforcement agencies participating in the “Click It or Ticket” campaign. By maintaining “Click It or Ticket” high visibility enforcement and awareness, we will continue to reduce seat belt fatalities on Louisiana’s roads. Remember you WILL get a ticket if you are not buckled up!



Wednesday, May 9, 2018

As of April 30th, there have been 66 traffic crashes and 10 injuries on the Causeway Bridge this year.
You might not think of seat belts as a safety technology, but they’re the foundation of safer driving. In 2015, seat belts saved 13,941 lives nationwide. However, 2,804 additional lives could have been saved if everyone had buckled up.

Thanks to a combination of the enforcement of seat belt laws and public awareness campaigns, seat belt use reached a record high of 90 percent in 2016, up from about 83 percent a decade ago. That’s progress but it also means that every day, millions of people needlessly put their lives at risk. Before you even turn the key, you and everyone in your vehicle should be buckled up—every trip, day and night.


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

As of April 30th, there have been 66 traffic accidents on the Causeway Bridge. 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. The department will be conducting enhanced enforcement of the seat belt/child restraint laws, both on the Causeway and the Huey P. Long Bridges.

Louisiana law states that all drivers and passengers, regardless of which seat they occupy in a vehicle, must wear a seat belt or properly installed child safety seat. 45% of fatal injuries can be reduced by wearing your seatbelt.
Buckle up. Every trip. Every time.