During the Thanksgiving holiday week, Louisiana State Police investigated 13 fatal crashes that resulted in 14 deaths across the state. Seven of the 14 people killed were not wearing seat belts, and two of the crashes involved driver impairment.

During the Thanksgiving holiday week, Louisiana State Police investigated 13 fatal crashes that resulted in 14 deaths across the state. Seven of the 14 people killed were not wearing seat belts, and two of the crashes involved driver impairment.  
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2011 the national seat belt usage rate was 84 percent. Louisiana was below that average at 77.7 percent. Louisiana law requires every occupant, regardless of seating position, to be properly restrained.
In 2011, over 42 percent of Louisiana’s motor vehicle fatalities were the result of driver impairment.  
A breakdown of fatal crashes by troop district includes:
-Troop A (Baton Rouge): One crash resulting in one death. Excessive speed is a factor;
-Troop B (New Orleans): None;
-Troop C (Houma / Thibodeaux): None;
-Troop D (Lake Charles): One crash resulting in two deaths. Seat belts were not used and chemical tests for impairment are pending;
-Troop E (Alexandria): One crash resulting in one death. Seat belts were not used;
-Troop F (Monroe): Two crashes resulting in two deaths, one of which was a pedestrian. Seat belts were not used and one crash involved impairment;
-Troop G (Shreveport): None;
-Troop I (Lafayette): Six crashes resulting in six deaths. One was a pedestrian and one was a motorcycle. Three of the six crashes involved lack of seat belt usage and one impaired driver;
-and Troop L (Mandeville): Two crashes resulting in two deaths. One of the crashes involved an impaired driver.
Drivers can contact the Louisiana State Police by dialing *LSP or (*577) on a cell phone to report impaired drivers and dangerous roadway conditions.