Louisiana: Increased enforcement results in fewer wrecks

| 1/19/2009

Louisiana State Police say a record-breaking year for citations in one part of the state has resulted in fewer wrecks and fatalities.

State Police in Troop A wrote 10,000 seat belt citations in 2008, an increase from about 6,000 in 2007. DWI arrests were boosted from 1,575 in 2007 to 1,655 in 2008.

Louisiana’s Troop A is headquartered in Baton Rouge and covers the heart of the Bayou State.

Fatal crashes in Troop A dropped from 102 in 2007 to 90 in 2008. Crashes with injuries dropped from 2,970 in 2007 to 2,242 in 2008. Total crashes dropped from 3,722 in 2007 to 3,139 in 2008.

In addition to writing new citations, Louisiana also is pursuing unpaid violations.

Earlier in January, Land Line reported that the Louisiana State Police have turned over old citations including old federal safety regulation tickets to the state attorney general’s office for collection.

Some of those tickets, one representative of the AG’s office said, date back to 1988.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer