Trooper Stephen Hammons, Public Information Officer for State Police Troop I visited 'Mornings With Ken and Bernie' today and discussed the end of 2013 and had predictions for 2014.

2013 had a number of crashes and fatalities to end the year which made for a less than a memorable way to close the year according to Hammons,

It was an extremely tough way to end the year.  When you have two fatal crashes, both involving impairment, three people being killed in one crash....one is too many...but three in one crash.

Looking ahead to 2014 we asked Hammons what could Louisiana State Police do to reduce fatalities he said,

Capt. Beckett Breaux, Commander of Troop I has made the decision that we are dedicating more personnel to impaired driving to get more impaired drivers off the road and more resources to those areas where we have had more cases of impaired driving in the past.

When asked how State Police could step up the effort to reduce impaired driving Hammons replied,

One of the best things that has happened for us for the first time in several years with the support of the Governor's office and the Legislature, effective this Sunday we're going to have 50 new cadets entering the State Police Academy.  That's something that is extremely positive for us...Right now I believe it's going to be 5 or 6 that Troop I will get out of that cadet class.

 

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