WHAT’S UP WEDNESDAY: 07/22/20

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after consuming alcohol is a serious crime. Any amount of alcohol in your bloodstream can impact your driving ability. Safe driving requires the ability to concentrate, make good judgments, and quickly react to situations. However, alcohol affects these skills, putting yourself and others in danger. Here are several ways alcohol impairs your driving skills:

Slow reaction time – When alcohol is in your system, it affects how quickly you’re able to respond to different situations. Drinking slows your response time, which can increase the likelihood of an accident.

Lack of coordination – Heavy drinking affects your motor skills such as eye, hand, and foot coordination. Without crucial coordination skills, you may be unable to avoid an impending harmful situation.

Reduce concentration – Alcohol, no matter how much or how little, can influence your concentration. With driving, there are many things that require your undivided concentration such as staying in your lane, your speed, other cars on the road, and traffic signals.

Decrease vision – Alcohol can affect how you judge the distance between your car and other vehicles on the road. Additionally, fewer objects may be visible within your peripheral vision, or what you can see to either side of you when looking straight ahead.

Inhibit judgment – Your brain controls how you judge certain circumstances. When operating a motorized vehicle, your judgment skills play an important role in how you make decisions while driving.

If you are on the Causeway Bridge and suspect another vehicle driving under the influence, please call Causeway Dispatch at 504-835-3116 (or *CP).


WHAT’S UP WEDNESDAY: 07/01/20

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

The Fourth of July is a time to recognize the abundance of freedoms we enjoy in America. It is a wonderful time to celebrate with family, friends, food, and fireworks. Tragically, due to drunk driving, it is also one of the deadliest holidays of the year. According to the NHTSA, 812 people died in crashes involving drunk drivers during the Fourth of July holiday period from 2014-2018.

Causeway Police are joining other law enforcement agencies for the “Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving campaign” which runs from July 2, 2020, through July 6, 2020, during the Independence Day holiday. The campaign is coordinated and funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

Remember: Driving while impaired puts you, your passengers, and other drivers in danger. To report impaired drivers, commuters are encouraged to dial *27 (*CP) or 504-835-3116 to contact the Causeway and Huey P. Long Police dispatch. Please celebrate the 4th safely.