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Louisiana State Police urges drivers to stay safe during Fourth of July weekend

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Louisiana State Police is urging everyone to drive safely this Fourth of July weekend.

“As troopers, we work to ensure the safety of our highways every day,” says Colonel Mike Edmonson. “Troopers will partner with local agencies to remove impaired drivers from our roadways and protect against dangerous behavior that could potentially disrupt celebratory events.”

Col. Edmonson notes that 41 million Americans are expected to hit the roadways this Fourth of July, and this, added with alcohol impairment, leads to more crashes.

In order to stay safe during the busy holiday weekend, Louisiana State Police suggests that drivers:

  • Ensure everyone is properly restrained,
  • Never drive impaired or ride with an impaired driver,
  • Avoid distractions while driving,
  • Be courteous and patient while dealing with higher than normal traffic volumes.

Drivers can stay ahead of traffic and road closures by using their smartphones in a number of ways by:

  • Dialing 511 from any phone in Louisiana,
  • Visiting www.511la.org,
  • Downloading the free “Way to Geaux” (Android link HERE)app on Apple and Android devices
  • Following the Louisiana State Police Facebook page at:
  • And enrolling in Nixle alerts, and selecting Louisiana State Police as your agency.

State police say that they will be targeting behavior like speeding, driving without seatbelts, aggressive driving, and distracted driving.

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