What’s Up Wednesdays

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

In 2018, the Causeway Bridge had 223 DWI arrests.

Drivers are often reminded about the importance of wearing their seat belts but recent studies show that buckling up can also save the lives of the passengers in the vehicle.

Drivers and front-seat passengers are at a five times greater risk of dying in a car accident if the rear passengers are not wearing seat belts, according to a study conducted at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The study examined more than 100,000 front-seat occupants involved in car-to-car crashes where at least two passengers were in the rear seat.

According to the study, many injuries to those in the front are caused by the force of the rear passenger being thrown forward. Based on the weight of an average adult, an unrestrained rear passenger is thrown forward with the force of more than 3 ½ tons in a 30 mph crash.

“They catapult into the front part of the vehicle and strike the upper body of the front-seat occupant in the back of the head and neck,” said Dr. Fred Hansen, an emergency room physician at the University of Iowa. The study concludes that, “All car occupants should wear seat belts for protection of not only themselves but also the other passengers.”

So be a good friend and make sure all occupants are wearing seat belts. Not only for their safety but also for yours.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

In 2018, the Causeway Bridge had 170 crashes, 20 injuries and 3,700 responses.

Many New Orleans Saints fans are getting ready to tailgate for the NFC Championship game on Sunday, January 20, 2019. They are planning their menu. Making plans with friends and loved ones. The Saints fans are even planning to brave the cold. The National Weather Service is predicting that temperatures will struggle to get into the 40s on Sunday.

While tailgating at the Dome is fun, tailgating on the Bridge is dangerous. Tailgating decreases the amount of time to react and can cause accidents. Tailgating can also contribute to other vehicles driving aggressively. Tailgating is not only dangerous; it is also against the law. Please keep the tailgating for the NFC Championship game on Sunday.

If you are being tailgated, it is best to get into another lane and contact Causeway Police department at 504-835-3116 or *27 to report the situation.

On a side note, yesterday was Drew Brees’ 40th birthday. Happy birthday Drew! We appreciated all you have done for the Saints and New Orleans. We are all rooting for our Saints and Drew! WHO DAT!

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

There where 170 crashes and 20 injuries on the Causeway Bridge in 2018.

It is the start of a New Year! January 1st is when we prepare the Southern tradition of black-eyed peas (good luck), cabbage (prosperity), and ham (health) to start off the New Year right. It is also a time for New Year’s resolutions. One resolution we should all be making is to make sure that everyone in our vehicle is properly restrained with a seat belt.

Seat belts save lives. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a total of 23,714 drivers and passengers died in crashes in 2016 because they were not buckled up. Nationwide more than 2.6 million drivers and passengers were treated in emergency rooms as the result of being injured in motor vehicle crashes. Please remember to buckle up every time you are in your vehicle.

The benefits of buckling up are very clear:

1. If you buckle up in the front seat of a passenger car, you can reduce your risk of fatal injury by 45 percent and moderate to critical injury by 50 percent.

2. If you buckle up in a light truck, you can reduce your risk of fatal injury by 60 percent and moderate to critical injury by 65 percent

We wish everyone a very happy, safe and prosperous 2019.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

As of November 30th, there have been 204 DWI arrest on the Causeway Bridge this year.

Ringing in the New Year with friends and family is so much fun. Many of us will be attending parties. We usually think and plan for the party but not the ride home afterwards. Compared to an average night on the weekend, there are 71% more crashes with drugs or alcohol as a contributing factor between December 31st at 6pm and January 1st at 6am. In just that 12 hour period, alcohol and drug related car crashes skyrocket.

Don’t start 2019 with a bang from your airbag. If you are attending a party and have been drinking, please sleep there, take a taxi, call a friend, or use a ride-sharing service to get you home.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

As of November 30th, there have been 155 crashes, 19 injuries and 3,442 responses on the Causeway Bridge this year.

Lights adorn houses, stores are busy, and children are excited with anticipation. Those are sure-fire signs that Christmas is just around the corner. Another way to tell that the festive season is upon us is by looking at the thousands of drivers turning red with anger at the busier roads.

Road rage may not be unique to the holiday period but there’s something about the 12th month of the year that seems to bring out the very worst in some drivers. 66% of traffic fatalities, around the country, are believed to be due to aggressive driving, it’s clear that road rage is a huge problem. Stress is one of the most common causes of road rage. You’ll often find that driving at Christmas is even more stressful than at any other point in the year.

If you find yourself in a road rage incident this Holiday season, please remember to breathe slow, keep calm, count your blessings and don’t become a Grinch. Be jolly like Santa instead and you’ll save lives. If you do see any road rage while driving, please contact GNOEC Dispatch at 504-835-3116 (*27). Merry Christmas from the GNOEC Commission and Staff.

Wednesday, 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!