Louisiana (KMSS) — Troopers are urging motorists to plan ahead for a safe start to 2014.
As citizens and visitors across the sate make plans to celebrate the New Year's holiday, Troopers stress the importance of responsible behavior and safe practices with the ultimate goal of zero fatal crashes.
According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over the past 10 years, nearly 41 percent of motor vehicle deaths that occur around New Year's were alcohol related.
With traditional increase in holiday related activities and subsequent traffic on area roadways, it is everyone's responsibility to make safety a priority.
Troopers are urging holiday revelers to have a plan in place prior to enjoying New Year's Eve celebrations.
By following the safety guidelines below, motorists can greatly reduce their chances of being involved in a serious injury or fatal crash.
- Always plan for a designated driver.
- Always buckle-up or wear a D.O.T. approved helmet.
- Do not drive while distracted.
- If you walk or ride a bicycle, weare bright clothing.
“Troopers across the state will be working alongside our local partners to provide a safe environment for travelers throughout the New Year’s holiday,” said Colonel Mike Edmonson, State Police Superintendent. “While Troopers will remain vigilant, responsible decisions and precautionary measures by the public will help ensure an enjoyable New Year’s holiday for everyone.”
Motorists are urged to contact the Louisiana State Police by dialing *LSP or (*577) on your cell phone to report impaired drivers and dangerous roadway conditions. Citizens and visitors are also urged to enroll in Nixle Alerts for real time updates on roadway closures, crash locations, and pertinent safety information for their region. To enroll, visit www.nixle.com, complete the required information and select Louisiana State Police as your agency.