Zero for December Campaign ongoing
Houma, LA – No doubt, Thanksgiving is one of the busiest holidays where people flock the roads to visit and celebrate with family and friends. With that, the South Central Safe Community Partnership (SCSCP) reminds all travelers, whether headed outside the state or just across the town, to buckle up in order to make sure everyone arrives their destination safely and savor a sumptuous Turkey meal.
The SCSCP launched the Zero for December Campaign this past Thursday as a way to kick off the Thanksgiving and Holiday Impaired Driving Awareness efforts in the region.
“We are still hopeful to reach zero fatality this year,” SCSCP Chairman and LA State Police Troop C Commander Captain Darrin Naquin expressed his hope for zero deaths this holiday season despite not being able to attain it in the past 13 years.
The media awareness and enforcement campaign, Zero for December has been conducted for the past 13 years by State Police Troop C in an effort to stop drunken driving during the Holiday Season. The goal is zero deaths between Thanksgiving Day and New Year’s Eve. To enhance this effort, the Bayou Region Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving put together the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Highway safety partners from the Sheriff’s Offices of Assumption, Lafourche, Terrebonne, St. James, St. John and St. Charles as well as Houma, Thibodaux and Gramercy police departments, the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council for South LA, Our Lady of the Sea General Hospital, DHH-Office of Public Health, LA Highway Safety Commission, LA Department of Transportation and Development, the Alcohol and Tobacco Control, all gathered to pay tribute to the victims of drunk driving crashes and promote the goal of reaching zero deaths in December 2013.
(From left) Assumption SO’s Capt. Ray Traigle, Mary Kay Tracy (MADD), LSP Troop C Commander Darrin Naquin, Ava Fontenot and Valerie Cox (MADD), LSP Troop C PIO Evan Harrell, and Lafourche SO’s Lt. Doug Foreman. Alcohol and Tobacco Control’s Enforcement Agent Michael Russell (not in photo) also graced the event to give a talk on underage drinking enforcement.
Seat belt use in Louisiana up by 3%
LA Highway Safety Commission (LHSC) says that an observational survey conducted recently showed an increase in seat belt use among Louisiana motorists from 79.3% in 2012 to 82.5% this year. As for the Houma Region, the numbers have gone up as well — from 80.4% in 2012 to 85.5% this year. But rear passengers are not complying as much, with a rate of 69.2%%. The South Central Safe Community Partnership and its partners will continue to do seat belt education and enforcement programs to improve these numbers.
Such a simple step of buckling up can save a life, but too many lives are being lost because some have still not gotten the message. During the 2011 Thanksgiving period, 249 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes nationwide. Fifty percent of those killed were not wearing seat belts. In 2011, 52 percent of the 21,253 passenger vehicle occupants killed in motor vehicle crashes were NOT wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. Nationally in 2011, 62 percent of the 10,135 passenger vehicle occupants who were killed in nighttime crashes were not wearing their seat belts, compared to 43 percent during the daytime hours.
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