The number of traffic fatalities increased substantially from last year over the Memorial Day Weekend, according to State Police. Trooper Jesse LaGrange says they investigated 9 fatal wrecks, which resulted in 14 deaths. He says this is a sharp rise from last year’s 7 traffic related fatalities and it’s because of a lack of personal responsibility.

“A lot of people don’t consider other people on the road, we do have to share it with everyone. We just need to make sure we have plans set in place before we do stuff like this.”

LaGrange says over 100 suspected drunk drivers were arrested over the long weekend. He says there was a mixture of factors that led to the fatal crashes.

“We had from pedestrians to bicyclists, one that I can think of that was not wearing his seat belt and died as a result of it was in St. Tammany Parish.”