BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Law enforcement agencies are increasing patrols for Mardi Gras in an effort to discourage drunk and impaired driving and reduce the amount of crashes in the days leading up to Fat Tuesday.
According to statistics released by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, during Louisiana's 2014 Mardi Gras holiday, there were 599 crashes involving 13 deaths and 1,014 injuries. That number exceeded Mardi Gras 2013 figures of 508 crashes, killing 5 and injuring 891. Out of the 13 deaths in Mardi Gras 2014, seven involved alcohol.
"There will be more law enforcement officers throughout Louisiana on the lookout for impaired drivers." says Lt. Col. John Leblanc of the Louisiana Safety Commission, "They're trained to spot them so no matter what your Mardi Gras plans are, if it involves alcohol, your best bet is to find a sober, designated driver."
For more information about the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission's campaign against drunk driving, visit www.lahighwaysafety.org/index.html