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Nov 12
Freeze Watch

URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW ORLEANS LA

825 PM CST WED NOV 12 2014

 

...WIDESPREAD FREEZING TEMPERATURES EXPECTED THURSDAY NIGHT...

 

.A VERY COLD AIRMASS IS ON THE WAY AND THIS WILL LEAD TO THE

COLDEST TEMPERATURES OF THE SEASON SO FAR. HIGH TEMPERATURES ARE

EXPECTED TO ONLY REACH THE MID 40S TO MID 50S ON THURSDAY AND THIS

COULD SET THE STAGE FOR A RATHER CHILLY NIGHT ACROSS MUCH OF THE

AREA WITH LOWS LIKELY DROPPING BELOW FREEZING ALONG AND NORTH OF

THE I 10 12 CORRIDOR.

 

LAZ034>037-039-040-046>050-056-057-071-072-MSZ068>071-077-080>082-

131200-

/O.CON.KLIX.FZ.A.0004.141114T0500Z-141114T1500Z/

POINTE COUPEE-WEST FELICIANA-EAST FELICIANA-ST. HELENA-WASHINGTON-

ST. TAMMANY-IBERVILLE-WEST BATON ROUGE-EAST BATON ROUGE-ASCENSION-

LIVINGSTON-ASSUMPTION-ST. JAMES-NORTHERN TANGIPAHOA-

SOUTHERN TANGIPAHOA-WILKINSON-AMITE-PIKE-WALTHALL-PEARL RIVER-

HANCOCK-HARRISON-JACKSON-

INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...NEW ROADS...LIVONIA...

ST. FRANCISVILLE...JACKSON...CLINTON...GREENSBURG...MONTPELIER...

BOGALUSA...FRANKLINTON...SLIDELL...MANDEVILLE...COVINGTON...

LACOMBE...PLAQUEMINE...WHITE CASTLE...PORT ALLEN...ADDIS...

BRUSLY...BATON ROUGE...GONZALES...DONALDSONVILLE...

DENHAM SPRINGS...WALKER...PIERRE PART...LABADIEVILLE...

PAINCOURTVILLE...LUTCHER...GRAMERCY...AMITE...KENTWOOD...

HAMMOND...PONCHATOULA...CENTREVILLE...WOODVILLE...GLOSTER...

LIBERTY...CROSBY...MCCOMB...TYLERTOWN...PICAYUNE...

BAY ST. LOUIS...WAVELAND...DIAMONDHEAD...GULFPORT...BILOXI...

PASCAGOULA...OCEAN SPRINGS...MOSS POINT...GAUTIER...ST. MARTIN

825 PM CST WED NOV 12 2014

 

...FREEZE WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY EVENING THROUGH

FRIDAY MORNING...

 

* TEMPERATURE...TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO FALL INTO THE MID

20S TO LOWER 30S OVERNIGHT THURSDAY.

 

* DURATION...FREEZING TEMPERATURES COULD PERSIST FOR 1 TO 8

HOURS.

 

* IMPACTS...TENDER VEGETATION NEEDS TO BE PROTECTED WHILE

ANIMALS SHOULD BE BROUGHT INSIDE.

 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

 

A FREEZE WATCH MEANS SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES ARE POSSIBLE.

THESE CONDITIONS COULD KILL CROPS AND OTHER SENSITIVE VEGETATION.

 

A FREEZE WARNING WILL BE ISSUED LATER TODAY OR TONIGHT IF

FORECAST REASONING REMAINS THE SAME.

 

&&

 

$$

 

Sep 18
Road or Lane Closure

LA 30, Ascension, H.010642.6.

Thursday, September 18, 2014 8:20 AM

Intermittent lane closures are scheduled to begin on LA 30 between the Iberville Parish Line and Tanger Mall Blvd. in Gonzales. These lane closures are needed for crews to perform all necessary work for the patching, milling, and asphalt overlay of LA 30. This work is part of LADOTD Project H.010642.6. The lane closures will begin on Monday, September 22, 2014 and will be during the following times:

 

Daytime weekday lane closures will be allowed Monday – Friday from 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM.

 

Nighttime weekday lane closures will be allowed Monday – Friday from 7:00 PM to 5:30 AM the following morning.

 

Weekend lane closures will be allowed from Friday 7:00 PM to 5:30 AM Monday morning.

 

 

Permit loads over 12' wide will need to take an alternate route. The anticipated completion date for this project is Saturday, February 28, 2015. All lanes will be open during the Thanksgiving holiday and Christmas holiday periods.

 

Proposed Alternate Route: EB LA 30- Motorist could take LA 73 north from LA 30 and get on I-10 EB to LA 30 (exit # 177) in Gonzales.

WB LA 30-Motorist could take I-10 WB at LA 30 and exit (#173) at LA 73. Travel south on LA 73 to LA 30.

 

 

DOTD appreciates your patience and reminds you to please drive with caution through the construction site and to be on the lookout for work crews and their equipment.

 

Aug 19
Road or Lane Closure

I-10 West Bound Lane Closures East Baton Rouge Parish 8/19/14

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 1:11 PM

There will be a single lane closure on I-10 WB, beginning at 9pm, from the Acadian Thruway Exit up to the the I-10/110 split. The lane closure will expand to a double lane closure beginning at 11pm and lasting until 5am.

 

Work is subject to change depending on adverse weather conditions.

 

DOTD appreciates your patience and reminds you to please drive with caution through the construction site and to be on the lookout for work crews and their equipment.

 

If there are any questions or concerns regarding any of these closures, please contact the Project Engineer, Brian Owens, at (225) 231-4123. Thank you.

Aug 12
Kids the School Bus & You

 

Kids the School Bus and YouKids the School Bus and You, DOT HS 808 423 July 1996 

 

Home PictureFor twenty three million students nationwide, the school day begins and ends with a trip on a school bus. The greatest risk is not riding the bus, but approaching or leaving the bus. Before children go back to school or start school for the first time, it is essential that adults and children know traffic safety rules.

Drivers

  • When backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, watch out for children walking or bicycling to school.

  • When driving in neighborhoods with school zones, watch out for young people who may be thinking about getting to school, but may not be thinking of getting there safely.

  • Slow down. Watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks in neighborhood.

  • Slow down. Watch for children playing and congregating near bus stops.

  • Be alert. Children arriving late for the bus may dart into the street with out looking for traffic.

  • Learn and obey the school bus laws in your state. Learn the "flashing signal light system" that school bus drivers use to alert motorists of pending actions:

    • Yellow flashing lights indicate that the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Motorists should slow down and prepare to stop their vehicles.

    • Red flashing lights and extended stop arms indicate that the bus has stopped, and that children are getting on or off. Motorists must stop their cars and wait until the red lights stop flashing, the extended stop sign is withdrawn, and the bus begins moving before they can start driving again.

Children

  • Get to the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.

  • When the bus approaches, stand at least three giant steps (6 feet) away from the curb, and line up away from the street.

  • Wait until the bus stops, the door opens, and the driver says that it's okay before stepping onto the bus.

  • If you have to cross the street in front of the bus, walk on the sidewalk or along the side of the road to a point at least five giant steps (10 feet) ahead of the bus before you cross. Be sure that the bus driver can see you, and you can see the bus driver.

  • Use the handrails to avoids falls. When exiting the bus, be careful that clothing with drawstrings, and book bags with straps don't get caught in the handrails or doors.

  • Never walk behind the bus.

  • Walk at least three giant steps away from the side of the bus.

  • If you drop something near the bus, tell the bus driver. Never try to pick it up because the driver may not be able to see you.

School PictureParents

  • Teach children to follow these common sense practices to make school bus transportation safer.
Aug 12
Alcohol-Impaired Driving

Drivers are considered to be alcohol-impaired when their blood alcohol

concentration (BAC) is .08 grams per deciliter (g/dL) or higher. Thus, any crash

involving a driver with a BAC of .08 or higher is considered to be an alcohol impaired-

driving crash, and fatalities occurring in those crashes are considered to

be alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities. The term "driver" refers to the operator of

any motor vehicle, including a motorcycle.

Estimates of alcohol-impaired driving are generated using BAC values reported

to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) and imputed BAC values when

they are not reported. The term "alcohol-impaired" does not indicate that a crash

or a fatality was caused by alcohol impairment.

In 2012, 10,322 people were killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes. These

alcohol- impaired-driving fatalities accounted for 31 percent of the total motor

vehicle traffic fatalities in the United States.

Traffic fatalities in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes increased by 4.6 percent from

9,865 in 2011 to 10,322 in 2012. The alcohol-impaired-driving fatality rate per 100

million vehicle miles traveled (VMT) declined to 0.33 in 2011 from 0.34 in 2010

(VMT data for 2012 is not available yet) (see Figure 1).

An average of 1 alcohol-impaired-driving fatality occurred every 51 minutes in

2012.

In 2012, all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico had created by law

a threshold making it illegal per se to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher. Of the

10,322 people who died in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in 2012, 6,688 (65%)

were drivers with a BAC of .08 or higher. The remaining fatalities consisted of 2,824

(27%) motor vehicle occupants and 810 (8%) nonoccupants.

 

Table 1

Fatalities, by Role, in Crashes Involving at Least One Driver

With a BAC of .08 Or Higher, 2012

Role

Number

Percent of Total

Driver With BAC=.08+  

6,688  

65%  

Passenger Riding w/Driver With BAC=.08+  

1,654  

16%  

Subtotal

8,342

81%

Occupants of Other Vehicles  

1,170  

11%  

Nonoccupants  

810  

8%  

Total Fatalities

10,322

100%

   

Alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities in the past 10 years have declined by 21 percent

from 13,096 in 2003 to 10,322 in 2012. The national rate of alcohol-impaired-driving

fatalities in motor vehicle crashes in 2011 was 0.33 per 100 million VMT (VMT data

for 2012 is not available yet). The alcohol-impaired-driving fatality rate declined by

27 percent from 0.45 in 2003 to 0.33 in 2011.

Children

In 2012, a total of 1,168 children age 14 and younger were killed in motor vehicle

traffic crashes. Of those 1,168 fatalities, 239 (20%) occurred in alcohol-impaireddriving

crashes. Out of those 239 deaths, 124 (52%) were occupants of a vehicle

with a driver who had a BAC level of .08 or higher, and another 38 children (16%)

were pedestrians or pedalcyclists struck by drivers with BACs of .08 or higher.

Credit : NHTSA's National Center for Statistics and Analysis

 

Aug 11
Road or Lane Closure St. James Parish, Mississippi River Bridge (Veterans Memorial Bridge) Gramercy

Friday, August 08, 2014 2:16 PM

Southbound inside lane of LA 3213 at Mississippi River Bridge (Veteran's Memorial Bridge) Gramercy, LA in St. James parish will be closed Wednesday, August 20, 2014; Thursday, August 21, 2014 and Friday, August 22, 2014 between the hours of 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM due to routine inspection.

 

This closure will allow access to vehicles 12 feet wide or smaller. Road is open for regular traffic but oversize vehicles must detour using US 61 South to I-310 West to LA 3127 North.

 

Louisiana DOTD regrets any inconvenience this necessary work may cause to the traveling public and appreciates your patience.

 

Please drive with caution and be aware and on the lookout for DOTD employees and their equipment.

Friday, August 08, 2014 2:04 PM

Northbound outside lane of LA3213 at Mississippi River Bridge (Veterans Memorial Bridge) Gramercy, LA in St. James parish will be closed Monday, August 18, 2014 and Tuesday, August 19, 2014 between the hours of 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM due to routine bridge inspection.

 

This closure will allow access to vehicles 12-feet wide or smaller. Road is open for regular traffic but oversize vehicles must detour using LA 3127 South to I-310 East to US 61 North.

 

Louisiana DOTD regrets any inconvenience this necessary work may cause to the traveling public and appreciates your patience.

 

Please drive with caution and be aware and on the lookout for DOTD employees and their equipment

Aug 06
School Zones in St. James Parish

Beginning Thursday August 7, 2014 with St. Peter Chanel, Followed Friday August 8, 2014 School Zones will be in effect.

We ask motorist to be aware and alert of School Zones, Bus stops, and Children. In addition to speed restrictions, it is now illegal to use a cell phone in a school zone.

State Laws regarding school zones and school buses:

32§77.1. School zones; no passing zones

32§411. Deposit of license in lieu of security upon arrest; receipt; licensee to have license or receipt in immediate possession; notification to vehicle owner; surrender of license; issuance of temporary permits

32§80. Overtaking and passing school buses

32§300.8. Use of wireless telecommunications devices in school zones prohibited;

Aug 06
Road or Lane Closure

Road or Lane Closure

UPDATE: LA 3251 - Lane Closures from LA 30 to LA 75 – Ascension Parish

Wednesday, August 06, 2014 2:19 PM

Intermittent lane closures are scheduled to begin on LA 3251 between LA 30 and LA 75. These lane closures are needed for crews to perform all necessary work for the milling, stabilization, and overlay of LA 3251. This work is part of LADOTD Project H.010533 – LA 3251 Milling, Stabilization, and Overlay. The lane closures will begin on Monday, August 11, 2014 and will be during the following times:

Daytime weekday lane closures will be allowed Monday – Friday from 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM.

Nighttime weekday lane closures will be allowed Monday – Friday from 6:30 PM to 5:00 AM the following morning.

Weekend lane closures will be allowed from Friday 6:30 PM to 5:00 AM Monday morning.


Permit loads over 11' wide will need to take an alternate route.  The anticipated completion date for this project is Friday, December 19, 2014. All lanes will be open during the Labor Day and Thanksgiving holiday periods.

DOTD appreciates your patience and reminds you to please drive with caution through the construction site and to be on the lookout for work crews and their equipment.

Aug 04
ONE TEXT OR ONE CALL COULD WRECK IT ALL

How many times in the last week did you use your cell phone, eat a snack, change the radio station, or do any other task while you were driving? For most of us, driving isn't our only focus when we're behind the wheel. Unfortunately, these distractions are leading to fatalities that could otherwise be avoided.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012, 3,328 people were killed and an estimated 421,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver. That's why NHTSA is focusing on ways to change the behavior of drivers through legislation, enforcement, public awareness and education—the same activities that have curbed drunk driving and increased seat belt use.

NHTSA's campaign is centered on the slogan, "One Text or Call Could Wreck it All." Its goal is to help drivers understand that texting, cell phone use, and other distractions behind the wheel can have dangerous consequences.

Together, we can make a difference in Louisiana by bringing together community and health groups, safety advocates, legislators and other elected officials, law enforcement, businesses, and concerned citizens to address this issue.

I would like to ask you to join us in this lifesaving effort as we ask Louisiana drivers to put down their phones and concentrate on the road.  

 

You can find more information about the campaign at

www.distraction.gov.

Aug 03
2014 Motor Vehicle Law Amendments to Affect Louisiana Drivers

The following is a press release issued by the Louisiana State Police

HEADQUARTERS - NEWS RELEASE

July 31, 2014

 

2014 Motor Vehicle Law Amendments to Affect Louisiana Drivers

 

Baton Rouge, LA - Beginning August 1st, 2014, numerous laws and amendments passed during the 2014 Louisiana Legislative Session will affect motorists throughout the state. Troopers would like to highlight several changes that both drivers and passengers should be aware of while operating a vehicle on Louisiana's roadways. Listed below are only a few notable changes affecting motorists; however, Troopers strongly urge citizens to familiarize themselves with all new laws, updates, and amendments coming into effect this year.

 

1. School Zone Cell Phone Ban: Motorists are now prohibited from using any type of hand held wireless communications device while traveling through posted schools zones during posted hours. The law includes use of a cellular/wireless device for engaging in a voice call, accessing, reading, or posting to a social networking site, and/or writing, sending, or reading a text-based communication. The school zone cell phone ban does not apply if the device is being used to report an emergency, is being used in a hands-free manner, or while the vehicle is lawfully parked. Upon first violation of the school zone ban the fine is $175, subsequent violations can be up to $500, and if a crash occurs during the time of the violation, fines can be increased.

 

2. LA Litter Law Updates: Amendments to the LA litter law now specifically include cigarettes and cigarette butts to the official definition of litter. Additionally, the fine for a first offense increases to $300 with 8 hours of community service in a litter abatement program, second offense to $700 with 16 hours of litter abatement, and a third and subsequent offense to $1500 with 80 hours of service in a litter abatement program.

 

3. Six Year Driver's License Renewal: The renewal period for Louisiana driver's licenses has been extended from four years to six years with a fee increase to cover the extension of the renewal period. Fee increases vary by class of license, area of residence, and age of license applicant. (This amendment does not go into effect until July 1st, 2015).

 

4. Inspection Exemptions for Certain Trailers: New amendments to LA inspection sticker requirements exempt single axle two-wheeled trailers and boat trailers from state inspection requirements and the obligation to bear a valid safety inspection certificate/sticker. While exempted from the inspection process, the trailers must still possess the required safety equipment to operate on Louisiana roadways.

 

5. Vehicle Inspections Can be Conducted in Rain: Another amendment added to the LA inspection sticker requirements changes an old requirement that vehicle inspections stations could not inspect vehicles on rainy days. This new amendment allows vehicles to be inspected when it is raining if the conditions are safe and the vehicle can accurately be checked.

 

6. Increased Penalties for Fatigued Drivers in Fatal Crashes: Motorists who fail to maintain control of their vehicle due to falling asleep and directly or proximately cause the death of a human being, face increased penalties under Louisiana's Careless Operation law. In addition to the Careless Operation penalties, motorists involved in a fatality crash may also be charged with Negligent Homicide.

 

7. Vehicular Homicide classified as a Crime of Violence: The act of Vehicular Homicide (causing the death of a person due to a crash where the driver was impaired) will now be classified as a crime of violence when the offender's blood alcohol concentration exceeds 0.20 grams percent. The amended classification allows for increased penalties for impaired drivers involved in fatality crashes.

 

For a complete list of all laws and amendments passed during the 2014 Louisiana Legislative Session please visit: www.legis.la.gov.

 

Additionally, Louisiana State Police Public Information Officers are available to visit and conduct presentations at schools, businesses, community events, and all venues to speak and explain a variety of safety topics including motor vehicle safety. To reach a LSP PIO in your area visit: www.lsp.org/public.html.

 

Contact Information:

Sgt. Nick Manale

Louisiana State Police

Public Affairs Section

Nicholas.Manale@la.gov

www.LSP.org

 

OR your local PIO

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