Tailgating is by far one of the most dangerous driving habits. When another driver follows a person too closely, they put not only themselves in danger of a car accident, but they put the other vehicle in danger also. Tailgating dramatically increases the chances of an accident occurring. Unfortunately, many drivers persist in this behavior, exposing themselves and others to the many dangers tailgating presents.
There is a recommended safe following distance which varies with speed and is indicated by time: the two-second rule. This means that the time difference between the back of the vehicle in front and the front of your vehicle should not be less than two seconds. In wet weather, or if you are towing a trailer, drivers should increase this to four seconds. The safe following distance should give the driver enough time to stop if the vehicle in front stops suddenly.
If you see a vehicle tailgating on the Causeway Bridge or Huey P. Long Bridge, please contact GNOEC’s Dispatch (504-835-3116 or *27 on cell) to report these vehicles.
The safety of our commuters has always been and will always be our number one priority. Strong enforcement is the cornerstone for safe driving. We would like to improve drivers’ awareness. “Click it or ticket” and similar messaging on DMS systems is most common. Iowa DOTD has developed messaging that is edgy but proving very effective. It is a safety message with a humorous twist. The messages are displayed one day each week (for 24 hours). We received permission from IOWA DOTD to use/mimic their safety messaging program.
We implemented the first safety message on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. This and all future messages will be posted every Wednesday on the DMS at the Toll Plaza and VOA for 24 hours (midnight to midnight). We’d like your help for future safety messages – especially something with a Causeway/local twist.