Water was pouring into Nakia Stonom’s Hyundai after it plunged into Lake Pontchartrain Monday afternoon and was already covering her nose and mouth when the 25-year-old Covington woman summoned her courage, calmly unbuckled her seatbelt and swam out the window.
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Monday afternoon a vehicle was knocked overboard from the Causeway. It was the result of a rear-end crash that pushed the first car into a concrete barrier, in a crossover, flipping it overboard. Luckily, the driver was rescued safely. The seat belt saved the person’s life. It is a good reminder that seatbelts can mean the difference between life and death for all of us.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a total of 23,714 drivers and passengers in passenger vehicles died in motor vehicle crashes in 2016. They also found that more than half (range: 53%-62%) of teens (13-19 years) and adults aged 20-44 years who died in crashes in 2016 were not buckled up at the time of the crash.
Our mission is to make all of your trips across the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway safe and timely. Please help us by buckling up
Tuesday morning, crews were recovering a vehicle that went over the Causeway Monday afternoon following an accident, bridge manager Carlton Dufrechou said.
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
By now, most of us understand the importance of wearing a seatbelt. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported seat belts reduce car accident injuries by 50 percent. Another study performed by the American Automobile Association (AAA) found that seat belts have saved 300,000 lives since 1975.
So, love yourself and the occupants of your vehicle by wearing your seat belt. It is one of the safest choices you can make in a car and they truly do give the best hugs!
If you have a moment, please check out this PSA called Embrace Life (click title to access). It is a short film made for England’s Sussex Safer Roads Partnership (SSRP) in January 2010. It is about the importance of wearing seat belts. The short film became an international phenomenon after it was distributed on the internet, social networking sites, and YouTube. It gained over a million views in its first two weeks and is rated as YouTube film of all time in the education category.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends social distancing, by staying at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other people, to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic. COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact (within about 6 feet) for a prolonged period. Spread happens when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks, and droplets from their mouth or nose are launched into the air and land in the mouths or noses of people nearby. The droplets can also be inhaled into the lungs.
Tailgating crashes is another epidemic plaguing the U.S. When a driver tailgates, or follows another vehicle too closely, it prevents them from avoiding a crash when the vehicle in front of them brakes suddenly. Horton and the Causeway Police recommend keeping two car lengths between you and the vehicle in front.
To keep yourself, your family, and your community safe, please practice social distancing with your body and your vehicle.
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.
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.
This article is out of date. On Saturday, May 16th at 8:00 am, cash tolling resumed on the Causeway. To save up to 40% on tolls, please contact us to obtain a toll tag. Thank you for all the cooperation during this trying time. Please stay safe and healthy.
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.