Troop A reports increase in citations for 2008

Staff reports

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana State Police Troop A handed out more citations in 2008 than they have in any previous one-year period, according to Trooper Russell Graham.

The increase in enforcement has resulted in a decrease in the number of fatal crashes, injury crashes and minor property damage crashes, Graham said.

Troop A investigated 90 fatal crashes in 2008, down from 102 in 2007, according to Graham.

Crashes involving injuries dropped from 2,970 in 2007 to 2,242 in 2008, and there were 3,139 people injured in crashes in 2008, down from 3,722 in 2007, Graham reported.

Troopers issued more than 6,000 seatbelt citations in 2007, a number that rose to more than 10,000 in 2008, Graham said.

He also reported driving while intoxicated arrests have risen from 1,575 in 2007 to 1,655 in 2008.

There are additional troopers on the roads compared to a year ago, and this has allowed State Police to increase enforcement, Graham said.

“We intend to keep up with this aggressive enforcement,” said Captain Frank Ducote, Troop A’s Commander. “This is a positive sign and it is encouraging to know that by doing our jobs well, people are being positively affected and lives are being saved.”

Troopers report more safety checkpoints, insurance checkpoints and sobriety checkpoints will continue to play a significant role in Troop A’s traffic safety enforcement plan.