South Central Safe Community Partnership supports distracted driving enforcement campaign

Texting behind the wheel a big push in teen safety contest

April 16, 2014, South Central, LA – The South Central Safe Community Partnership (SCSCP) joined forces with its local and state highway safety partners to celebrate the 1st National Distracted Driving Enforcement Campaign, “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” which was officially launched this past week.

Safety partners were out educating young motorists about the dangers of texting and driving.  Lt. Jody Ordeneaux Jr. of Gramercy Police Department shared that they utilized social media and Letter to the Editor column as means to get the message across.

Distracted driving is depicted largely in SCSCP’s recently concluded Capturing Safety Through the Lens: Teen Safety Driving Photo and Video Contest sponsored by State Farm. As part of this month’s campaign, the SCSCP has lined up three days to visit the respective schools who were picked as winners in order to officially award them their prizes, which include $250 cash for Grand Winners as well as trophies, bag of goodies and certificates.

Majority of the entries depicted about distracted driving habits and how young drivers creatively put together photo and video messages to promote against texting and driving.

The awarding days are scheduled as follows: April 25, 9:45 AM at Assumption High; April 29, 11:00 AM at Thibodaux High; April 30, 10 AM at H.L. Bourgeois and 11:30 AM at Central Lafourche High. It will be attended the respective school principals and club advisers as well as by SCSCP Chairman Capt. Darrin Naquin (LSP Troop C Commander) and Vice Chairman Capt. Ray Traigle (Assumption Sheriff’s Office) as well as Contest Chairman Floyd Benoit (Lafourche School Board).

The Grand Winner in Video category was filmed by Assumption High School Student Council members Claire Theriot, Claire Domingue and Cade Blanchard. First-runner up was earned by Central Lafourche High School Student Council members Patrick Zeringue, Taylor Kimball, Kylie Foret, Josie Whitlock and Hailey Hodson.

H.L. Bourgeois High School Yearbook club members Miranda Bergeron, Kassidi Blanchard and Katherine Dean submitted a photo that emerged as Grand Winner. An entry from Thibodaux High School Student Council members Bryce Messer and Klint Landry won First-runner Up.

The SCSCP also picked the “People’s Choice” Awardees for both categories as judged by all coalition members during the February 20th Judging Day. Award recipients are Thibodaux High School Student Council members Kalin Larousse, Peyton Chiasson, Jamie Granier, Bryce Messer and Klint Landry for video category. The Grand Winner in Photo category was also picked as People’s Choice.

The U Drive. U Text. U Pay. Campaign is national in scope, and States that applied and that have primary enforcement of their text messaging laws were awarded approximately $8 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation to support this and other efforts designed to fight distracted driving. The national U Text. U Drive. U Pay. enforcement blitz is also supported by an $8.5 million national advertising campaign, designed to raise awareness about the enforcement effort and remind people about the deadly consequences of driving and texting.
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Online registration now open for Regional Traffic Safety Summit

The South Central Safe Community Partnership (SCSCP) announces that online registration for the South Central Regional Traffic Safety Summit 2014 is now open. Themed as “Sustaining Traffic Safety Efforts Towards Zero”, the summit is scheduled on May 13, 2014, 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center. To register, please click here.








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Terrebonne invites the public to a bike rodeo

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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Designate a sober driver this St. Patrick’s Day

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
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