Ask anybody who drives, and they're bound to tell you that some times are worse than others when it comes to being on the road. The odds are high that you, also, have your "least favorite" time to be on the road. Maybe it's right after the churches let out on Sunday or right after the first few days of the month when many seniors receive their retirement benefits and are out shopping. If you commute, you may even have a strategy to beat the morning rush-hour traffic so that you minimize your danger -- especially on those sleepy Mondays when it doesn't seem like every driver has had their coffee.
Years ago, cars were purely mechanical in nature. The modern vehicle, however, usually has any number of sophisticated electronic components. Some modern "smart" cars even have computers that are capable of steering the vehicle.
People aren't paying as much attention to traffic lights as they should -- and "running a red light" is quickly becoming one of the worst habits of American drivers.
Back in June, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed into law Louisiana Senate Bill 138. Also known as "Katie Bug's Law," for the young victim of a car accident, it puts new power in the hands of police and victims when a driver who causes a crash is suspected of being under the influence of drugs.
Safety advocates who have been pushing for all new trucks to have speed limiter devices that are set to 65 mph took their case to the federal government for the third time. Once again, their efforts fell short.
Would you estimate that the true cost of bicycle injuries -- if you consider only the medical expenses involved -- is in the millions every year?
Louisiana has a terrible reputation when it comes to safety for bicyclists, but a number of people would like to see that change. That's why the fourth-annual Bicycle Safety Festival is set to be held in Lafayette on June 1, directly across from the Federal Courthouse.
There's no question about the fact that Louisiana has the second-highest auto insurance rates in the nation. The real question is why the rates are so high and what needs to change in the state's legal system to make things better for consumers.
Wondering what the risks look like every time you get on the road? While the risks are different for everyone, depending on factors like age, experience, time of day and much more, it is worth noting that Louisiana sees a traffic death rate of 16.2 people for every 100,000 people living in the state.
A preliminary report by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) has some grim news for pedestrians and drivers alike: Pedestrian traffic deaths are climbing -- again. In fact, the number of pedestrians killed in 2018 was higher than any year since 1990.