La. Highway Deaths Increased In 2017
The Highway Safety Research Group has released its report that breaks down the data of Louisiana’s 2017 traffic reports that shows the state had 771 highway deaths last year, up slightly from 2016. Executive Director of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission Lisa Freeman says the state has work to be done.
The main contributing factors in traffic fatalities were alcohol with 187 deaths and a low percentage use of safety belts, as 56% of all occupants who died in a crash weren’t wearing a safety belt. Freeman says the impact of the traffic crashes, are denting both cars and the economy, with costs over $8 billion.