Baton Rouge – This weekend proved to be deadly for motorists in Louisiana. Since Friday night, Louisiana State Police Troopers investigated 10 fatal crashes resulting in 12 deaths. These numbers don’t include crashes investigated by local and parish law enforcement officials nor do the numbers speak to the number of people seriously injured in motor vehicle crashes.
State Police investigated fatal crashes in all patrol regions of our state over the weekend. People who died included a pedestrian, a motorcyclist, and children. Several who died in crashes were not properly restrained.
Most crashes are preventable. Over and over again, we see distracted driving, impaired driving, and reckless driving as contributing factors in many of these crashes. Motorists are encouraged to put aside distractions while driving, never drive impaired or get in a vehicle with an impaired driver, and to obey all traffic laws.
While all crashes are not survivable, wearing a seat belt is the single best defense in the event of a crash. Louisiana state law requires all vehicle occupants to be properly restrained in all seating positions, day or night.
Anyone observing an impaired or reckless driver is encouraged to call *LSP (*577) to reach the nearest Louisiana State Police troop location or to dial 911 to contact local law enforcement.