As we take time this Memorial Day to remember the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our freedoms, many of us will find ourselves making a road trip to visit family and friends. This weekend typically marks the unofficial start of summer and an increase in travel. In fact, AAA projects that 39.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this weekend.

During the 2016 Memorial Day weekend, Troopers were tasked with notifying six families that their loved one was killed in a preventable crash. Regrettably for those families, this weekend will forever mark that tragic loss. In an effort to reduce the number of serious injury and fatal crashes this weekend, Troopers will partner with local law enforcement agencies to have an increased presence throughout the state. Through a combined approach of extra patrols, DWI and seat belt checkpoints, and public awareness, we can make a difference and save lives.

Troopers will also be focusing their attention on aggressive drivers, speeders, and those who do not wear their seat belts or properly restrain children. Louisiana State Police is currently participating in the nationwide Click It or Ticket initiative and will be proactively seeking unrestrained drivers and their passengers during the day and nighttime hours. Louisiana law requires all occupants to be properly restrained regardless of seating position. While not all crashes are survivable, occupants who are properly restrained are much less likely to be seriously injured or killed in the event of a crash.

If you are in need of assistance or witness hazardous road conditions, impaired drivers, or aggressive driving, you are encouraged to report it by dialing *LSP (577) from your mobile phone. This is a community effort and we need your help in keeping the roadways safe!

The Louisiana State Police would like to wish everyone a safe Memorial Day weekend.

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