WHAT’S UP WEDNESDAY: 02/26/20

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).


WHAT’S UP WEDNESDAY: 02/19/20

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

For those old enough to remember, Goober Pyle is a fictional character in the American TV sitcom The Andy Griffith Show and its sequel series Mayberry RFD. You might also know the word Goober as the chocolate covered peanuts that are a favorite snack in Movie Theaters. Although the term Goober is used for a kindhearted and rather oblivious goofball, when it comes to driving it can be dangerous.

Mardi Gras season brings great joy and revelry to the New Orleans area. However, feelings of excitement and good cheer can turn sour if locals and visitors choose to consume alcohol or other controlled substances and decide to get behind the wheel.

The best way to enjoy Mardi Gras is to do so responsibly and ensure that you do not mix drinking and driving as part of your festive experience. However, should anyone find themselves in that predicament, take prompt action before getting behind the wheel by calling Uber (or another ride-sharing service).


WHAT’S UP WEDNESDAY: 02/12/20

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

According to the Mars Inc., 94% of consumers would prefer receiving chocolate rather than flowers for Valentine’s Day. They rank heart-shaped boxes of chocolate as the best edible Valentine’s Day gift. Although that is true, arriving alive is the greatest gift to give a loved one. If you are planning a night out with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day, here are some tips to help everyone arrive safely for their special night out.

  • Take care of any possible driving distractions before getting behind the wheel. As a general rule, if a driver cannot devote their full attention because of an activity, it’s considered a distraction.
  • Put aside all electronic distractions. Don’t call, send text messages, emails, or use the internet while driving.
  • Finish dressing and personal grooming at home for your night out before getting on the road.

Remember, even though chocolates are preferred on February 14th, the best gift to give a loved one is not driving distracted. We wish all our commuters a happy and safe Valentine’s Day!


WHAT’S UP WEDNESDAY: 02/05/20

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Dogs don’t care about our weight, wrinkles, social status or our past mistakes. They just wag their tails and welcome us home. As any dog owner knows, to be greeted with such an enthusiastic display of affection makes a bad day tolerable and a good day even better.

Dogs see the best in us even on our worse days. If everyone drove like the people our dogs believe us to be, we would have fewer accidents and road rage incidents.

We should all strive to be as good human beings behind the wheel as our dogs think we are. As author Mary Ann Evans, better known by her pen name George Eliot says, “We long for an affection altogether ignorant of our faults. Heaven has accorded this to us in the uncritical canine attachment.”


WHAT’S UP WEDNESDAY: 01/22/20

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Despite legal initiatives and public education campaigns, drunk driving remains a serious problem in the United States. Before getting behind the wheel after having a few, consider the many reasons why you should not.

Legal Penalties – In Louisiana, driver’s license suspension is required for people who receive a DWI. Also, there are fines and court costs that will be assessed to those convicted of drinking and driving.

Diminished Driving Skills – Alcohol impairs your motor skills, meaning drunk drivers are dangerous drivers.
Reaction Time and Judgment – Alcohol acts as a depressant on the central nervous system. Because of this, it can significantly impair judgment and reaction time—a bad combination when behind the wheel.

Guilt – If the above reasons are not enough to think twice before driving after having a few drinks, ask yourself if you will be able to live with the guilt if someone is injured or killed because of your reckless actions.

To report impaired drivers, commuters are encouraged to dial *27 (*CP) from their cellular phone or 504-835-3116 to contact the Causeway and Huey P. Long Police dispatch.


WHAT’S UP WEDNESDAY: 01/15/20

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

It is important to buckle children (Star Wars fan or not) up properly in a car seat before you hit the road to a galaxy (or anywhere) far, far away.

Proper installation and use of child safety seats could be the difference between life and death in the event of a crash. According to the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission’s (LHSC), it’s estimated that 96% of all child restraints are installed incorrectly. Louisiana Highway Safety Commission’s (LHSC) website lists locations where nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians are available to check child safety seats to make sure they are installed properly.

Parents should follow baby Yoda’s example and make sure their little one’s car seat is installed properly. Be safe he will.


WHAT’S UP WEDNESDAY: 01/08/20

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

20/20 vision is a term used to express perfect vision (the clarity or sharpness of vision) measured at a distance of 20 feet.

Driving under the influence impairs a person’s 2020 vision. While under the influence, some people may notice their vision is blurred or they are unable to control eye movement. Impaired vision can affect how people judge the distance between the car and other vehicles on the road. Additionally, fewer objects may be visible within a person’s peripheral vision or what can be seen to either side when looking straight ahead.

It is imperative to never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. To report impaired drivers, commuters are encouraged to dial *27 (*CP) from their cellular phone or 504-835-3116 to contact the Causeway and Huey P. Long Police dispatch.