The Thanksgiving holiday weekend is traditionally one of the busiest travel periods of the year. In response, the Louisiana State Police will have an increased number of troopers on patrol this weekend working to keep motorists safe.


The Thanksgiving holiday weekend is traditionally one of the busiest travel periods of the year. In response, the Louisiana State Police will have an increased number of troopers on patrol this weekend working to keep motorists safe.

This extra allocation in manpower is made possible by overtime funds provided by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

Particular attention will be paid to seat belt use and to those that choose not to put their children in appropriate child restraints. Louisiana law requires that all occupants be properly restrained regardless of their age or seating position. While not all crashes are survivable, seat belts can greatly decrease the occupant’s chance of death and may greatly reduce the extent of injury.

In 2009, 65% of drivers killed in Louisiana were not wearing a seat belt.

 “Sadly, the holidays, which for many are the happiest time of the year, is also one of the deadliest and most tragic,” said Colonel Mike Edmonson, State Police Superintendent.

Troopers will also be targeting aggressive and impaired drivers.  This is a community effort, so we are asking for your help.  Please report unsafe or impaired drivers to the nearest LSP troop by dialing *577 (*LSP) from a cellular phone or contact your local law enforcement agency.

Due to an anticipated increase in traffic volume, troopers ask motorists to please exercise patience and recommend allowing extra time to get to your destination.

Buckle up Louisiana. Every trip. Every time.