Louisiana State Police has an important message for travelers this Thanksgiving holiday: “Buckling up could save your giblets.”
According to state police, more than 700 people were hurt and 10 people were killed in crashes last year during the Thanksgiving holiday period. Nearly half of the deadly crashes statewide involved impaired drivers.
In response, troopers will be patrolling state highways during the holiday focusing on impaired driving and occupant protection.
On this #Thanksgiving Eve, over 50 million people are expected to travel across the #USA. If traveling in #Louisiana, please remember to #BuckleUp, #DriveSober, and if you need assistance or witness dangerous situations on the highway dial *LSP. https://t.co/0FBSbnDtRM #ClickItLA pic.twitter.com/MVfPOGIzjJ— LA State Police (@LAStatePolice) November 22, 2017
“A cold shower, hot coffee, or a meal does not make someone sober,” a statement from LSP said. “Buzzed driving is drunk driving.”
Police will also be on the lookout for travelers who choose to not wear a seat belt or place children in proper child restraints.
“While not all crashes are survivable, wearing a seatbelt is the single most effective thing motorists can do to reduce the risk of injury or death in the event of a crash,” LSP said.
Residents can get the latest road information, including closures and construction, by visiting 511.la.org or by dialing 511 from any phone in Louisiana. Drivers that witness hazardous road conditions or reckless drivers are encouraged to call *LSP(*577) to report that activity to the nearest LSP troop station.
“The Louisiana State Police wishes everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday,” LSP said.