What’s Up Wednesday: 10/31/18

As of September 30th, there have been 128 crashes, 13 injuries, 2,868 responses, 172 DWI’s on the Causeway Bridge this year.

Halloween is a time for costumes, scary movies and sweet treats. It is also a time that can become deadly because due to drinking and driving. Please keep these other freighting Louisiana statistics in mind if you are planning to drink and drive this Halloween:

  • Driving on Halloween is more dangerous than being on the road on New Year’s Eve, according to the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission
  • In 2017, 878 people were injured and 10 people were killed in alcohol related vehicle crashes during the Halloween period
  • Halloween and Mardi Gras are the two holidays with the most vehicle crashes every year since 2005

Nobody likes witches that drink and drive on Halloween. Stay proactive with your party plans. Have a ride-sharing app on your phone, or if you’re the host, plan to have friends spend the night if they are drinking too much. If you see what appears to be a drunk driver, or any other unsafe condition on the Causeway Bridge, please call 504-835-3116 (or *CP).

What’s Up Wednesday: 10/24/18

As of September 30th, there have been 128 crashes, 13 injuries, 2,868 responses and 172 DWI’s on the Causeway Bridge this year.

Cucumbers have a long journey before they graduate to relish. Cucumbers are preserved in a solution of vinegar, salt, and dill for three to four weeks to become a pickle. From there, onions and other spices are added to the cucumber/pickles to make relish.

Like the cucumbers, driving under the influence in Louisiana can take you down a path but not one you will relish. Penalties can range from fines, Driver’s license suspension, Ignition Interlock device on your vehicle and jail time. Not to mention the financial and physical and mental burden it puts on family and loved ones.

Don’t get stuck in a pickle. If you have been drinking, please appoint a designated driver or use a taxi / rideshare app. This is not only for your safety but also protects everyone else on the road.

What’s Up Wednesday: 10/17/18

As of September 30th, there have been 128 crashes, 13 injuries, and 2,868 responses on the Causeway Bridge this year.

All drivers know about the dangers of texting while driving but what about talking on your phone? According to a study conducted at the University of Calgary it can be more dangerous than we think. The research team analyzed nearly 100 studies about driving and cell phone use, and they found that talking on a phone makes you a worse driver, even if you use a hands-free device like Bluetooth. Even if you’re looking at the road while talking, you’re more likely to get in a crash than you would be if you were phone free.

A lot of drivers use the long drive on the Causeway as a chance to catch up with people they have been meaning to reach out to, but the risk definitely outweighs the benefit. Remember, talking to your boo can you wait until you are off the roadway.

Causeway Bridge a vital link

When the first span of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge opened in 1956, at close to 24 miles, it was the longest bridge over water in the world.

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