Louisiana State Police Troop C say Operation Zero Deaths for the Holidays is now underway.
The troop initiated the campaign Monday in an effort to stop aggressive and impaired drivers before they can injure or harm themselves or others during the holidays.
Troop C covers St. James and St. John parishes west of the Mississippi River, along with Assumption, Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes.
“Every day, Troopers witness preventable crashes that lead to lifelong consequences. Last year, our area suffered significant losses, many of which were young lives, due to poor choices made behind the wheel of a vehicle," said Captain Lanny Bergeron, Troop C Commander. "As we come upon this year’s holiday season, these families will be experiencing the heartache of loss all over again. Our goal is to hopefully prevent another family from having to experience that pain by increasing our enforcement efforts."
Last year between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve, 94 people were killed and 4,600 were injured in crashes on Louisiana roads and highways.
Enhanced driving enforcement patrols will be in effect through January 2.
Troopers will have increased enforcement on the following roads:
- LA Highway 70 and LA Hwy 308 in Assumption Parish
- LA Highway 3127 in St. John the Baptist and St. James Parishes
- U.S. Highway 90 and LA Highway 308 in Central Lafourche Parish
- LA Highway 1 in South Lafourche Parish
- U.S. Highway 90 in Terrebonne Parish
"As you travel this holiday period, we ask for your help also in making Louisiana’s roadways safe by not driving impaired, distracted, or aggressive," said Bergeron.
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