Lafayette,LA- Louisiana State Police Troopers are working with local police departments in hopes of preventing future deaths on the roads after the recent two weekends of fatal accidents.
"Now is the time more than ever to pay attention when you are driving around."
Louisiana State Police reported that a lack of seat belt usage and speed were the major contributing factors to recent crashes throughout our state. According to Louisiana State Police Trooper Ross Brennan, there was an increase in fatalities this thanksgiving."Unfortunately, last year we had traffic crashes that resulted in eight deaths.
"This year, we actually increased that number. There were fifteen crashes resulting in twenty fatal," says Trooper Brennan.
Brennan says accidents happen more often than not from drivers trying to reach for their phone or if it drops, causing them not to notice what's in front of them. "Whatever it is, just wait until you can come to a stop, pull over on side the road. Different things like that. I mean, it's not worth looking down at a cellphone for a few seconds and then maybe rear-ending somebody."
Valeria Garduno drives the most on the weekends. She says having another person in the car with her during that time keeps her focused."I don't have to look up at my phone. I don't just ask them to give me the directions cause, you know, a phone can be an easy distraction. I could look at the directions and wander off and look at other stuff."
Brennan believes the conversation about road safety must start with parents for younger drivers hitting the road. "Kids observe what their parents are doing. As a parent, you should help ensure that your kid is doing right by doing the right thing yourself. Not driving distracted, wearing a seatbelt, not driving impaired. I think just talking to your children and letting them know the dangers."
Brennan says this time of year is prone to more accidents as traffic increases. He says that all law enforcement will be working together to see that the Christmas holidays don't follow thanksgiving's trends.
Law enforcement plans to increase patrols throughout the holiday period. They say that everyone on the road must work together to change dangerous driving behavior and ensure a safe holiday for everyone.