The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission is expecting a record number of motorists to hit the road this Memorial Day weekend.

John LeBlanc, executive director of the LHSC, says several factors should lead to increased traffic on Louisiana's interstates and highways this weekend.

"We believe the combination of a holiday weekend, low gas prices and long lines for airline passengers will contribute to increased traffic on our roads, so we urge drivers to be attentive, prepared and safe," Leblanc said.

The LHSC offers the following safety tips for motorists:

  • Get your car serviced before you hit the road.
  • Pack an emergency roadside kit that includes a first-aid kit, cell phone and charger.
  • Always buckle your seat belt, no matter how short the trip. This goes for everyone in the back seat, too.
  • If you've been drinking, don't drive. If you're driving, don't text.
  • Stay alert. If you're tired, switch drivers.
  • Never leave a child alone in a parked car, even with the windows rolled down or air conditioning on.
  • Go to for more safety tips.

Leblanc is also reminding motorists Louisiana is participating in the national "Click It Or Ticket" campaign enforcing seat belt use through June 3.

Law enforcement officers throughout the state are handing out tickets, day and night, to drivers and passengers who are not buckled up.

If you witness any unsafe driving, or see any road hazards, dial *LSP (*577). Your call will be directed to a Louisiana State Police dispatcher.

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