State Police warn about safety, advise wearing a seat belt

State Police warn about safety, advise wearing a seat belt

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - With the 4th of July set to be one of the busiest travel weekends, Louisiana State Police are warning drivers about the importance of buckling up.

Officers held a discussion at State Police Headquarters, teaching visitors what they need to know to stay safe behind the wheel.

The State Police superintendent, Col. Mike Edmonson, said something as simple as wearing a seat belt recently saved a New Orleans EMS crew after they were hit by a drunk driver.

"I think what's clear is the safest thing you can do when you get inside your car is to make sure everyone else in your car is buckled up and to make sure you're buckled up," Edmonson said. "You're in control of the car, and when you look at these two individuals, these two young guys. Sit there and listen to their words. They thought about it. 'Let me put my seat belt on.'"

An estimated 43 million Americans are expected to drive or take a flight this 4th of July. That's the fourth largest number on record.

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