As Covid-19 restrictions are loosened throughout the state, Louisiana residents are happy to resume their normal activities. Since most people have been on lockdown for over a year, the removal of these restrictions will give people reason to let their hair down and have fun. When doing so, it is very important to designate a driver or have the phone number for a taxi/rideshare service.
Alcohol is a substance that reduces the function of the brain, impairing thinking, reasoning, and muscle coordination. All these abilities are essential to operating a vehicle safely. Even a small amount of alcohol can affect driving ability.
Driving after drinking is deadly but it still continues to. If you drive while impaired, you could get arrested or be involved in a traffic crash that causes serious injury or death. Once arrested for driving under the influence, the Police will bring you to a whole new set of bars.
No matter what type of vehicle you drive, one of the safest choices drivers and passengers can make is to buckle up.
In 2019, 9,466 unbuckled passengers were killed in crashes in the United States. While that was a decrease from 2018, an early study for 2020 suggests that during the COVID-19 public health emergency, driving patterns and behaviors changed significantly. Of those drivers who remained on the roads, there was more risky behavior, including people not wearing seat belts.
As you head out around the Memorial Day holiday, you’ll likely see more law enforcement on the roads as part of Click It or Ticket. This campaign, from May 17-June 6, reminds drivers and their passengers of the importance of buckling and the legal consequences – including fines – for not wearing a seat belt.
Always remember to buckle up, seat belts save lives.
With ever-increasing demands on our personal and professional time in today’s busy society, learning to juggle multiple tasks at once is something we all face daily. As a result, a new traffic safety epidemic has emerged on America’s roadways that demand immediate attention: distracted driving. According to a study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent of driving blind at 55 mph for the length of an entire football field.
Text messaging is of heightened concern because it combines three types of distraction: visual, manual and cognitive. In other words, texting involves taking your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel, and your mind off the task of driving.
So the next time anyone is pressed for time, and it seems like multitasking in the car is the best decision, remember there could be deadly consequences because someone decided they could do two things at once. A text or call is not worth anyone’s life.
Singing in the rain is fun. But driving in it? Not so much. Driving in light or heavy floods, or even just rainy, stormy conditions can cause drivers anxiety. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there are on average more than 950,000 automobile accidents each year due to wet pavement, resulting in approximately 4,700 deaths and 384,000 injuries.
Rain actually causes your tires to lose traction. When the road gets wet, the water mixes with the dirt on the pavement, making it harder for your tires to stick to the road. Simply put, rain makes everything slippery, and puddles that form can lead to hydroplaning.
Also, the rain makes it difficult to see. When it starts to rain, turn on your headlights immediately, regardless of whether it’s day or night. Even if it’s only lightly sprinkling, turning your headlights on will help you see the road better. Plus, it will also help other drivers see you. However, do not use your high beam headlights. The light from the beams will reflect off the water in the air, making it harder for you to see.