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April 2019 Archives

Pedestrian fatalities hit a 28-year high

Folks here in Covington and the surrounding area like to get out and walk, either to the local restaurant, to enjoy the night air, save on gas and parking, or for other reasons. Now according to a Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) study, the number of fatalities has surged to the highest its been since 1990. The new report finds that an estimated 6,227 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2018. This is a 4% rise from the previous year and a 35% increase over the last ten years.

Protecting your hotel guests from predators

Owning or managing a hotel is a lot of hard work. If hospitality is your passion, you are willing to put the time and energy into making your hotel a warm and inviting place that guests will want to make part of their traditions, whether they are traveling through Louisiana on business or pleasure.

Roundabouts improving the roads

Roundabouts are becoming increasingly common here in the U.S. after decades of use in Europe. Many celebrate their implementation of these circular intersections because they keep traffic moving rather than sitting at red lights or stop signs. Some think that there an improvement in the aesthetic beauty of the intersection, which often will have a garden or green space in the center.

April is distracted driving awareness month

The issue of distracted driving has reached epidemic proportions, so it is no surprise that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has declared April as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. It seems that an observant driver need not look too long before coming across a fellow driver staring down at their laps where their device is located at either a stop light or more troublingly in a moving vehicle.

Marijuana use increasingly involved in motor vehicle crashes

The U.S. has seen a seismic shift in how it regards marijuana use. Most notable is the fact that ten states (though not Louisiana) have legalized the recreational use of it. Dozens of other states have allowed medical marijuana to be prescribed for certain ailments such as nausea from cancer treatments, including Louisiana. From a criminal law standpoint, prosecutors do not prosecute possession charges, and police rarely make an arrest solely on possession.

Louisiana near the top of driver fatality list

The National Safety Council (NSC) has released its preliminary findings for motor vehicle fatalities in 2018. The total number for the United States was 40,000 fatalities. This is 1 percent lower than 2017, which was 1 percent lower than 2016. Overall, that 2018 number breaks down to 12.19 deaths per 100,000 people or 1.24 deaths per 100 million miles traveled by motor vehicles.

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