According to one group devoted to highway safety, Louisiana is, or at least should be, a pretty safe place for motorists to drive. This is because this state has enacted a number of laws that, in the opinion of this group, make for safer roads and highways.
Granted that Louisiana does not receive as much snow and ice as do our sister states to the north. Still, even this far south, the winter months always carry with it the possibility of icy bridges and roads, particularly early in the morning.
Most people in Houma, Louisiana, know from public service announcements and other sources that the legal limit in this state is 0.08 percent blood alcohol level.
A previous post on this blog from about a month ago talked about how America's currently strong economy is inspiring many more Americans to hit the road over the major winter holidays this year. This previous post predicted a very busy Thanksgiving travel season, particularly with respect to motor vehicle traffic.
Every Thanksgiving, residents of Houma will often take a road trip. Sometimes, it can be just a matter of traveling 50 or so miles to see relatives or even to do some shopping up in New Orleans, while at other times, residents instead opt for a longer vacation.
Distracted driving is a serious issue in Louisiana and nationwide. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), the chance of a motor vehicle accident doubles if a motorist takes stops paying attention to the road for more than two seconds. The agency reports that in 2016, distracted driving played a role in over 9 percent of traffic fatalities in the nation.
Deaths on U.S. roads are increasing. While a traffic fatality can occur in any state in the nation, according to a report based on information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some states are more dangerous to drive in than others. The report was ranked the safety of each state in the nation based on the state's rate of traffic deaths per 100 million miles traveled and the amount of traffic deaths due to a breach of traffic laws, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving above the posted speed limit and careless driving. And, according to this data, Louisiana has the dubious honor of being the third most dangerous state for motorists to drive in.
Earning their driver's license is a rite of passage for many teenagers in Louisiana. Teenagers may be eager to hit the open road with their newfound independence. However, inexperience, combined with other factors, can result in car accidents involving teenagers.
Motorists in Louisiana who are feeling fatigued while driving may try several strategies to stay alert. They may drink a large cup of coffee. They may open their windows for some fresh air. Or they may turn the volume up on their radio so that it is very loud. However, these strategies ultimately will not help a fatigued person stay alert. This is significant, as a tired driver is a dangerous driver.
The Fourth of July is a time to celebrate our nation. People will go to parades or stay up late to watch fireworks, and many will also go to backyard barbecues and neighborhood block parties. And, at these events, many people will be drinking alcohol. Some might even say that having a cold beer or other alcoholic beverage on the Fourth of July is a tradition for them. However, some of these drinkers will make the dangerous decision to drive while intoxicated. This presents a hazard not just to them, but also to everyone else on the road.