Thanksgiving has grown into at least a four-day weekend for many Louisianans as they take to the road to visit family and friends not just around the state. Unfortunately, with this increased traffic, we see an increase in accidents. Thanksgiving was one of the most dangerous holiday periods for Louisiana drivers last year, resulting in 689 injuries and five fatalities.
The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission hopes that its 11th participation in the nationwide "Click It or Ticket" campaign of information coupled with increased enforcement will encourage motorists to use their seat belts over the holiday weekend. All passengers in vehicles on Louisiana roads are required to use seat belts. Of course, special restraints like safety and booster seats are required by law for children. Police officers can stop a vehicle if they observe someone who is not properly restrained.