Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Under normal circumstances, Easter is a holiday where millions of Americans attend church services, large family gatherings and perhaps an Easter egg hunt at some point during the holiday weekend. However, because of the stay at home orders, the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing observers to go about a “socially distanced” way of participating in Easter. Many organizations are hosting virtual Easter egg hunts to keep children healthy and safe dung the holiday.

This pandemic has made many Americans cherish family a lot more. The virus has made many people appreciate things that are normally taken for granted. WalletHub recently conducted a study that found the coronavirus has made 40% of Americans grateful for their family and 30% grateful for health.

While Easter celebrations will not be celebrated as it has in years past, it certainly will make us all grateful for future celebrations. This Easter, to help stop the spread of the virus, please stay home. Once this pandemic comes to an end, our communities and family structure may be much stronger.


Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Who knew that toilet paper would be so precious during the end of the world? While everyone is adjusting to the new rules with social distancing and temporary closures of nonessential businesses, grocery, and convenience stores are still dealing with toilet paper shortages. Although the current situation is very serious, every now and then a little levity is needed. Especially for those of us quarantined at home indefinitely with our spouses and children. After all, do not forget that it is still April fool’s day!

On a more serious note, please remember to do your part to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus. If you feel sick, stay home and do not go to work. If you are older or have serious underlying health conditions, stay home and away from other people. If someone in your house has tested positive, keep the entire household at home. Even if you are young or otherwise healthy, your actions can increase the risk for others. For more information, visit coronavirus.gov for more information.

Cash no longer being accepted for Causeway Bridge tolls due to COVID-19

Beginning Monday, March 23, the Greater New Orleans Expressway Commission will make temporary changes to cash operations of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway toll bridge in order to follow statewide mandates of social distancing to help reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

As young children, one of the first lessons learned is sharing is caring. Although sharing can be a challenge at that stage of life, the skill can be developed. By continuing to practice, sharing can also be carried into adulthood.

As Coronavirus (Covid-19) spreads around the world, it’s easy to get swept up in a sense of fear. However, now is the perfect time to exercise empathy and help others, especially those who are vulnerable due to risk factors such as age (over 65) and underlying health conditions. If everyone checks on elderly neighbors/loved ones, does not hoard supplies and buys gift cards to local businesses, a positive impact can be made on our community while sticking with the social distancing requirements.

Also, do not forget about donating blood to help combat shortages. The health care workers are warning that blood is already reaching critically low levels due to blood drive cancelations and fear of catching the virus.

When we share something with someone else it is equal to caring for them. If everyone does their party, our community, America, and the world will be safer and kinder places.


Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Eating while driving is one of the most common forms of distracted driving. Along with other distracted driving behaviors, the act of eating snacks or drinking beverages while behind the wheel presents serious safety risks on U.S. highways.

There are three common types of distractions that impair drivers’ abilities to safely operate their vehicles and avoid crashes:

  1. Visual distractions occur when a driver’s eyes are diverted away from the road to complete or pay attention to another task.
  2. Manual distractions require drivers to take their hands off of the wheel.
  3. Cognitive distractions take a driver’s mind and focus away from driving.

Each of these distractions are dangerous, but when combined they pose an even greater risk to driver, passenger and pedestrian safety. Eating and driving often incorporates a combination of one or more distractions. Drivers must unwrap food packaging, use napkins, hold the food with at least one hand, apply condiments and complete other activities while operating a vehicle. This makes eating while driving a particularly dangerous activity.

The only way to avoid distracted driving is to pay attention while on the road. Drivers are advised to eat at home or wait until they get to their destination. Always remember, that your safety comes first.


Wednesday, March 04, 2020

Children’s book author Theodore Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, would have turned 116 years old on Monday. Though he passed away in 1991, his legacy endures thanks to the inspirational quotes found in his literary classics such as “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

Everyone is familiar with his classic book Green Eggs and Ham. Since publication in 1960, it has sold more than 200 million copies, making it the most popular of Seuss’s works and one of the best-selling children’s books in history.

When distracted driving is mentioned, most of us have a tendency to think of cellphones and texting. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines distracted driving as any activity that could divert attention from the primary task of driving. Besides using electronic gadgets, distractions can also include adjusting a radio, eating and drinking, reading, grooming, and interacting with passengers. All of these distractions can be deadly.

Dr. Seuss once stated “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” That quote applies to distracted driving. Things will not get better unless we all care enough to end this dangerous activity.


Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Can’t help but use your rear-view mirror or visor mirror as a mini vanity in the morning or on the way to a date? If you’re applying mascara behind the wheel, you could be jeopardizing your health, safety, and others too.

According to Distraction.gov, the U.S. Government’s website dedicated solely to distracted driving (in addition to texting or talking, putting on make-up while driving is considered distracted driving), more than 3,000 people were killed in 2018 as a result of crashes involving a distracted driver. While that number might not seem high, an estimated additional 416,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.

An alert driver needs 1.5 seconds to react to changed conditions. So, if you’re cruising along the highway driving 60mph, you’ll travel 132 feet before reacting to another car, debris, or other changes ahead.

Please keep your eyes on the road while driving. If you are on the Causeway Bridge and see another distracted driver, please call Causeway Dispatch at 504-835-3116 (or *CP).