Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Although we have smart cars, they do not actually have a brain. It would be wonderful if Herbie, Knight Rider, Transformer, or Lightning McQueen really existed? Since they are not real, the driver is the brain behind the machine.

Multitasking is a very valuable skill in everyday life. However, multitasking while driving can have disastrous results. Driving a car requires more work from the brain. It has different regions that are functioning to keep the person alert and responsive. Doing another activity while all of these are happening could result in overlapping of information sent from the brain to the body, which then results in confusion and incautiousness which is most commonly referred to as distracted driving.

According to the US Department of Transportation, 94% of fatal motor accidents are caused by driver error. 37% of these accidents involve drivers who were talking on a mobile phone. While multitasking can be practiced on other things that have no fatal consequences, it would be better to make driving an exception. Driving requires a brain’s full attention and alertness. So, please don’t multitask, just drive.


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).


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.


Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Although most Americans think that driving while high isn’t that dangerous, according to a recent Gallup poll, drivers who smoke marijuana within a few hours of driving are almost twice as likely to get into an accident as sober drivers.

It’s possible you’ve heard someone state “I’m a better driver when I’m stoned.” That is not true. A major issue with drugged driving is that when a person is high they don’t always realize their judgment is impaired. Marijuana affects reaction time, spatial sense, and perception — all of which are crucial to safe driving. So when a person is driving high, they may end up following another car too closely (and brake too late), make unsafe turns, or misjudge road hazards. Consuming marijuana causes psychomotor impairment and substantial risk to others on the roads. A policy brief by the World Health Organization stated that the influence of cannabis was estimated to be responsible for approximately 8,700 traffic deaths worldwide in 2018.

In the coming years, we may see a move toward the legalization of marijuana. But no matter where you stand, we should all be on the same page when it comes to designating a driver who abstains from ALL mind-altering substances (legal or not).


Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Living in Louisiana, we have heard the phrase “bless your heart” uttered countless times. We also have used the phrase multiple times ourselves. In the South, where politeness reigns among good people, you have to put your judgments somewhere. It’s not polite to speak ill of people if you were raised right. “Bless your heart” is not really a compliment. It sounds sweet as pie, and sometimes is said affectionately, but it’s most often used because the recipient did something wrong while knowing better.

By now, we are aware of the dangers of texting while driving. Texting and driving is a well-known and deeply researched issue, yet individuals around the world continue to text and drive, resulting in many accidents, injuries, and deaths. In a study conducted in February 2019 by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 69% of drivers from the United States between the ages of 18 and 64 expressed that they use their cell phone while driving. Research shows that it takes just three seconds for a crash to occur once a driver becomes distracted whilst driving and that brake reaction speed can be 18% slower whilst texting and driving.

“Bless your heart” is backhanded snarky phrase that come sugar-coated in politeness. In this instance it is used to point out the foolishness of texting and driving. If you are driving on the Bridge and see a driver texting, please contact Causeway Dispatch (504-835-3116 or *27 on cellular phone).