State Police concerned with pedestrian crashes
LOUISIANA STATE POLICE TROOP I- Recently in the Acadiana area there has been a dramatic increase in the number of pedestrian crashes. Louisiana State Police is tasked with not only the safety of the motoring public, but the safety of all persons utilizing the roadways in our state. Troopers will be out actively educating the public and taking enforcement action on those persons found to be in violation of the state law.
Louisiana state law requires pedestrians to utilize sidewalks where available. If there are no sidewalks provided you must walk on the left side of the roadway against the flow of traffic on the shoulder. State Police recommends pedestrians wear light colored reflective clothing no matter what the time of day. Avoid distractions such as walking while listening to a portable music device and pay attention to your surroundings. When traveling on foot always have a plan in the event a vehicle veers toward you. Also make sure you let people know where you are going, and what time you are planning to arrive at your location.
In 2009 across the State of Louisiana, State Police investigated 33 fatal crashes involving pedestrians. In the Troop I area troopers investigated 6 fatal crashes involving pedestrians, and 2 pedestrian fatality crashes in 2010. This number is alarming to troopers because in 2008 Troop I did not investigate any fatal crashes with pedestrians. Louisiana State Police is committed to your safety and troopers will continue this and other safety campaigns throughout the year.