Louisiana State Trooper Stephen Hammons, Public Information Officer for Troop I visited 'Mornings With Ken and Bernie' today and said 21 crashes during the first three months of 2013 have caused 25 fatalities.

According to Hammons,

78 percent of the fatalities occurred where people were not restrained...Certainly there are certain crashes that happen just because of the speed of vehicles or the area where the car was hit will not make a difference if you are restrained or not.

Trooper Hammons said,

Impairment plays a major role in many fatalities and you have a spike in crashes between 3:00PM and 7:00PM because the roads are more crowded during that time frame.

We asked Trooper Hammons about the legality of colored headlights and modified or painted taillights and he once again said,

Clear white lights are the only legal headlights except for some high-end vehicles that have factory installed LED lights that appear to be blue to other drivers but are seen as white light from the driver's perspective...Any taillight or brake light that has been painted or modified in anyway is illegal and could make you liable in case of a rear-end collision.


Listen to the interview: