On St. Patrick’s Day, 269 People Died in Drunk-Driving Crashes From 2007-2011
Houma, LA — Come St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, the South Central Safe Community Partnership (SCSCP) joins forces with Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (LHSC) and its partners across the state in reminding drivers not to get behind the wheel if they’ve been drinking.
Based on national statistics, more than 269 people have been senselessly killed in crashes involving drunk drivers during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday from 2007 to 2011. Those fatalities were preventable. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), on average, one person was killed every 53 minutes in a drunk-driving crash in the United States. Most of these crashes involved drunk drivers who had blood alcohol concentrations of .15 or higher, almost twice the legal limit of .08.
The SCSCP suggests that when you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, just be responsible and smart about it. If you know you’re going to party and drink alcohol—whether with friends at a pub or in a green-themed shindig—designate a sober driver ahead of time or call a taxi to make sure you get home safely. Or, if you know people who are about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely. Also, if you see a drunk driver on the road, contact *LSP (*577) or simply dial 911. You could save a life. For more information on this campaign, visit www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov.
Nearing the completion of Houma’s Southdown bike trail , the Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government (TPCG) will be holding a Bike Rodeo on Saturday, March 22, 2014, 9 AM to 12 noon at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center (346 Civic Center Blvd.) as a way to educate the bicyclists and all road users about how to ‘Share the Road’ along the said trail and other future bike paths across the region.
The Bike Rodeo will feature bike safety and fit checks, obstacle course, safety demos and helmet distribution. It is supported by the South Central Planning and Development Commission (SCPDC) through the region’s 14-year-old highway safety task force called the South Central Safe Community Partnership (SCSCP). Other event partners include the Louisiana State Police Troop C, Sheriff’s Offices of Lafourche and Terrebonne, and Houma Police Department.
The new Southdown Trail is part of Terrebonne Parish’s plan to create and eventually connect more bike trails for cyclists. For more info, you may contact Linda Henderson at (985) 873-6564.
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The South Central Safe Community Partnership (SCSCP) announces that the yearly Regional Traffic Safety Summit has been set for May 13, 2014, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Houma Civic Center. Highway safety partners from federal/state/local governments, law enforcement agencies, hospitals, schools, ambulance agencies, non-profit and advocacy groups are encouraged to participate. Registration will open soon. Please check this page for more info.
As the Mardi Gras Season has officially started, the South Central Safe Community Partnership (SCSCP) joins hands with the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (LHSC), the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council for South LA (ADAC)
and all of its local and state highway safety partners in ensuring the safety of paraders and celebrators. While everyone enjoys the holiday, it is important that motorists should drive responsibly by driving sober.
In conjunction with this festive celebration, ADAC is inviting all patrons to join them in their 13th Annual “Get In the Zone” event wherein they designate an alcohol, tobacco and drug-free zone at the Good Earth Transit Depot located at 7600 Main Street in Houma. The zone is open to all families who want to celebrate Mardi Gras in a safe and family-friendly environment. Games and entertainment will be provided during the Sunday parades, and they are open to the public. The zone will be open on Feb. 21 at 6:00 PM, Feb. 22 at 6:30 PM, Feb 23 at 12:30 PM, Feb. 28 at 6:30 PM, March 1 at 6:30 PM, March 2 at 12:30 PM, March 3 at 6:30 PM and March 4 at 11:00 AM.
While Mardi Gras is in itself a fun event for families to go to, there is greater risk for highway injuries and deaths. Year after year, it is among the most deadliest holidays in Louisiana along with Christmas, Fourth of July, Memorial Day and Thanksgiving holidays. In 2012, the five-day Mardi Gras period resulted to 537 fatal and injury crashes. Of these crashes, there were 10 deaths and 953 injuries.
The SCSCP has supported ADAC’s Get In the Zone initiative for at least the past 5 years using the LHSC’s Safe Communities Program funds in an effort to encourage drivers not to drive drunk. Also, the LHSC has provided more grant monies to law enforcement agencies for increased visibility in conducting saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints across the state.
Through the MyGovernmentOnline Partnership Program, the South Central Planning and Development Commission (SCPDC) recently developed the GPS Tracking Solution as its newest addition to an array of powerful software products that provide opportunities for government entities to effectively manage field jobs, enforce building permits and licensing, view site plans, develop project reports, and now tracking vehicles and other assets.
This GPS Tracking software is not only cost-effective but also user-friendly. It features flexible reporting and unified interface that allows you to see real-time location of your fleet and assets as well as assigned job site locations. With its interactive dashboard, one can simplify managing of workers’ assigned tasks and easily re-assign decisions based on their location and work load. Download the brochure for more information.