Officer talks about Causeway rescue

Christian Coyle of the Causeway Police talks about rescuing the occupants of a pickup truck that went over the Causeway bridge guard rail and into Lake Pontchartrain Tuesday morning.

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WHAT’S UP WEDNESDAY: 05/22/19


Wednesday, May 22, 2019

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. With warmer weather, it’s time to remind everyone about motorcycle safety.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 5,172 motorcyclists were killed in crashes in 2017.

All drivers must be alert and share the road to help reduce the number of fatalities and injuries. Because of its small size, a motorcycle can be easily hidden in a car’s blind spots. Take an extra moment to look for motorcycles when you’re changing lanes.

Although riding a motorcycle can be exhilarating, it can also be dangerous. The NHTSA stats show motorcyclists are 28 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a motor vehicle traffic crash. Safe motorcycling takes balance, coordination, and good judgment.

By raising awareness, all drivers and riders will be safer sharing the road so everyone arrives at their destination safely.


WHAT’S UP WEDNESDAY (THURSDAY): 05/08/19

Wednesday, May 16, 2019

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day. The week in which that dates falls is National Police Week. This year National Police week is May 12, 2019 through May 18, 2019.

In honor of National Police week, we would like to thank the Officers that are still protecting our nation, those who have retired, and those that made the ultimate sacrifice.

Thank you for protecting your community. They give up holidays, birthdays, family gatherings, school events, sports games, etc. so we can enjoy time with our families.

Thank you for risking your life for ours. Every time an Officer starts another shift, they are not guaranteed to return home but they still answer every call. They do whatever it takes to keep us safe. According to USA Today, 144 Officers perished in the line of duty in the 2018 across our Nation.

Most importantly, thank you for doing a job most of us couldn’t do. It takes a strong and brave person to deal with the things they do on a daily basis. A police officer is able to handle the pressure to make the best decision in that moment. Not many people can knowingly put their lives in danger like these men and women do.

Take a moment to thank any Officers that you see for keeping us safe. Be sure to wave when an officer passes by. Without them, our society would not survive. They are the glue that binds our Nation. They are our real hometown heroes.


WHAT’S UP WEDNESDAY: 05/08/19


Wednesday, May 08, 2019

This Mother’s Day, like most holidays, will bring with it an acute awareness of our family’s missing piece. In 1980, 13-year-old Cari Lightner of Fair Oaks, California, was walking along a quiet road on her way to a church carnival when a car swerved out of control, striking and killing her. Cari’s tragic death compelled her mother, Candy Lightner, to found the organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), which would grow into one of the country’s most influential non-profit organizations. The mission of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these violent crimes, and prevent underage drinking. Here are some facts regarding the dangers of drinking and driving according to MADD:

  • Drunk Driving is still the #1 cause of death on our roadways.
  • There are about 300,000 incidents of drinking and driving every day.
  • 10,876 deaths occur every year from drinking and driving. That’s 30 deaths a day or one death every 48 minutes.
  • Each and every one of them 100% preventable.
  • Plus 290,000 additional injuries each year that are also preventable.

To learn more about MADD (including how to volunteer, take action, and fundraise), check out madd.org. MADD also provides free supportive services to the victims and survivors of drunk and drugged driving, as well as underage drinking.


WHAT’S UP WEDNESDAY: 05/01/19


Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Birds are a familiar and welcomed sight along the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. Brown pelicans glide close to the Bridge. Flocks of brown boobies travel alongside and beneath the Causeway. Also large frenzied swarms of purple martins appear at each end of the bridge up in January through November (peak travel in June and July). Last year, a study performed by biologists Anders Hedenström and Susanne Åkesson concluded that bigger flocks travel faster, no matter what species they belong to. They often fly at speeds of 40 miles or more per hour, and in a dense group the space between them may be only a bit more than their body length. Yet they can make astonishingly sharp turns in unison. Imagine doing unrehearsed and evasive maneuvers, with all of the other commuters around you on the bridge. It would be impossible.

Unlike birds, speeding is unsurprisingly a major factor in Louisiana car crashes. A driver who is speeding increases both the chance of being in a crash and also the chance that someone in that person’s car will be seriously injured or killed. Besides alcohol and not using seat belts, 29 percent of crash deaths in the U.S. are caused by speeding. A vehicle maybe speeding on the Causeway Bridge to get to work or an event on but, in reality, it only shaves off minutes of the commute. Speeding isn’t worth the chance of a fatality or facing vehicular manslaughter charges. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), controlling vehicle’s speed can prevent crashes and reduce the impact when they do occur. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) concludes speeding killed 9,717 people, accounting for more than a quarter (26%) of all traffic fatalities in 2017.

Speeding is for the birds!