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Holiday road safety tips

Officials are urging you to drive safe after a number of fatalities happened over Thanksgiving weekend. The Department of Transportation and Development reported that there were 15 car crashes that killed 20 people.

Posted: Dec 13, 2021 5:36 PM
Updated: Dec 13, 2021 6:35 PM

LAFAYETTE, La. - State officials with The Department of Transportation and Development say that deadly car crashes are at an all time high right now. They reported that Louisiana unfortunately had it's deadliest Thanksgiving weekend in over 7 years in which 15 car crashes resulted in the death of 20 people.

This state record happened despite Louisiana having the fewest motor vehicle crash injuries since records started being kept in 1988 A few tips to keep you safe on the road include getting the right coverage, getting your car serviced, practicing winter driving and protecting your car from theft. 

"Do not drive impaired first and foremost and what ought to be right up there with it is to remeber to buckle up," said Czajkowski.

"That airbag is not something that can stand alone, the seatbelt is the safest feature of the car," said Gossen.

A person is two times more likely to die if the person behind them isn't wearing a seatbelt.

"Once you get pulled over for the passenger I'm checking the insurance, the registration. It's a full traffic stop," said Gossen. 

Now you can always plan ahead for holiday travel or potential bad weather by assigning a designated driver or giving yourself some extra pad time when hitting the road.

"Don't drive distracted, phone down, eyes up, both hands on the steering wheel," said Czajkowski. 

Officials are expecting roads to be even busier this Christmas after hundreds of thousands of frequent flyers have vowed to travel via car after President Biden, the TSA and the CDC extended their mask mandate to March 18th of 2022.

The mandates cover all transportation networks throughout the United States, including at airports, onboard airplanes, busses and railway systems.

DOTD, The Acadiana Planning Commission and Louisiana State Police encourage you to always drive safe. They say crash killings have become an unfortunate trend especially during the holidays.

It's also important to make sure your headlights and signal lights are working. Acadiana Planning Commission says driving during daylight is best because you can see the roadway. Driving at night will elimnate traffic but it will also impair your vision.

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