Mardi Gras is almost here in Louisiana, and along with it will come multiple parties and celebrations. While it is a festive and widely celebrated period, it also is a time when incidents of drunk driving see an increase on area roadways. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the number of drunk driving deaths at this time is higher than the national average.
Winter is often a bad time for car accidents in Louisiana as it ushers in the party season associated with Christmas and New Year's. The holiday festivities frequently include alcohol and people may drink more than normal and may not be aware of how alcohol can affect them when behind the wheel. Sadly, accidents that involve drunk driving frequently result in fatalities.
The holiday season has arrived in Louisiana, and with it the holiday party season. There is a significant increase in the number of parties and other social engagements in the month of December. Many of these engagements will involve alcohol. Sadly, that can also mean an increase in incidents of drunk driving, which can contribute to holiday fatalities.
The death of a child is one of the hardest things in life to cope with. When that tragedy is because of drunk driving, the impact is magnified. Such an accident happened near Baton Rouge on a recent weekend. One teenager is dead and another suffered serious injuries.
Problems associated with driving under the influence of alcohol are not new to Louisiana. However there is a new wrinkle in the issue and that involves driving under the influence of drugs instead of, or in addition to, alcohol. According to a new study, one in four Louisiana residents engages in drunk driving and/or driving high.
Driving under the influence of alcohol remains a serious problem in Louisiana and across the country. Anyone, anywhere, anytime can fall victim to the consequences of drunk driving. Such was the situation on Johnson Street in Lafayette Parish on a recent Friday night.
Accidents occur every day, often caused by distracted drivers. Cell phones, eating on the go, children fighting in the back seat, or falling asleep at the wheel are all factors that need to be examined in an accident. However, a Louisiana woman is now facing drunk driving and other serious criminal charges after a recent pedestrian accident in what authorities claim as an intentional hit-and-run.
There can be many reasons for a motor-vehicle accident to occur. Weather, distraction or driver error should all be considered as factors in determining the cause of a collision. Recently, a Louisiana woman was arrested after injuring five pedestrians while driving. According to law enforcement, she was drunk driving at the time of the incident.
For those who have never been involved in a car accident, it may be difficult to predict how a person might respond. Unfortunately, with the adrenaline that is often associated with such a moment, a person recently involved in a crash could react unpredictably. In fact, a man in Louisiana is now accused of drunk driving after he allegedly failed to stop for an off-duty police officer.
A woman, alone, late at night is likely understandably apprehensive about a strange man approaching her vehicle. Despite justifiable wariness in a situation such as this, one police officer in Louisiana claims that a woman attempted to run him over after he approached her vehicle in a parking lot. The woman -- the wife of the village police chief -- was soon arrested, accused of drunk driving.