Operation 'Safe Corridor' starts Friday

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Louisiana State Police is proud to partner with law enforcement agencies along the I-10 corridor during the Labor Day Weekend to focus on decreasing serious injury and fatal crashes, and increasing criminal enforcement on I-10. The eight states partnering in this initiative include Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. This is the first time that the eight states have teamed up to ensure interstate travelers will see the same enforcement effort throughout their trip.

During Operation "Safe Corridor," Troopers along with local law enforcement agencies will concentrate efforts on intensified traffic safety enforcement in a comprehensive effort to apprehend those persons engaged in operating vehicles in a variety of unlawful manners to include (but not limited to) impaired driving, speeding, seat belt use including use of child restraints, aggressive driving, and distracted driving. Operation "Safe Corridor" will also seek to identify instances of drug trafficking or human trafficking, recover stolen vehicles, and apprehend fugitives from justice. Along with uniformed patrol Troopers, Louisiana State Police will also utilize commercial motor vehicle enforcement Troopers, air support assets, and investigators for criminal follow up.

This operation will commence on Friday, August 30, 2013, and conclude on Monday, September 2, 2013. The enforcement aspect of this operation will be conducted on each shift of each day throughout the operation period, with individual selective enforcement details being conducted within each troop area. The operation will include the following Louisiana State Police troops located along the I-10 corridor:

· Troop A – Baton Rouge (Ascension, E. Baton Rouge, Iberville, St. James and W. Baton Rouge Parishes)

· Troop B – Kenner (Jefferson, Orleans, St. Charles and St. John the Baptist Parishes)

· Troop D – Lake Charles (Calcasieu and Jefferson Davis Parishes)

· Troop I – Lafayette (Acadia, Lafayette and St. Martin Parishes)

· Troop L – Mandeville (St. Tammany Parish)

Troopers in respective troop areas will saturate the area of I-10 using marked and unmarked law enforcement vehicles and will aggressively enforce all violations observed. The overall objective for this initiative is zero fatal crashes and criminal apprehensions on I-10 for this four day period. By all states working together, the entire 2,460 miles of I-10 will be covered under this enforcement action.

"Serious injury and fatal crashes are not restricted by parish lines or state boundaries", said Colonel Mike Edmonson, Louisiana State Police Superintendent. "Unfortunately, these crashes are more prevalent during holiday periods, such as Labor Day weekend. Several ways that we can affect change is by aggressive enforcement, a proactive public education campaign and public safety partnerships. The Louisiana State Police is excited to partner with all law enforcement agencies along the I-10 corridor from coast to coast to ensure a safe holiday period for the citizens we serve."

Below are some tips to ensure travelers arrive safely at their destination:

  • Get plenty of rest before setting out on a long trip and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
  • Buckle up. A seatbelt is your vehicle's most important safety feature.
  • Obey all speed limits.
  • Drive sober and alert.
  • Eliminate driver distractions such as texting, talking on the phone, adjusting the stereo, etc. Anything that can take your eyes off the road, even a second, can lead to an accident.
  • Take steps before you leave to prepare your vehicle for the trip i.e. checking tire pressure/condition and fluid levels.

Motorists that witness hazardous situations are urged to call *LSP (*577) and report that activity to the Louisiana State Police.

For road closure information, please call 511 or visit www.511LA.org.

Citizens and visitors are also urged to enroll in Nixle Alerts for real time updates on roadway closures, crash locations, and pertinent safety information for their region of the state. To enroll visit www.LSP.org or www.nixle.com, complete the required information, and select Louisiana State Police as your agency.