Troopers delivered death notifications to 16 families during Thanksgiving holiday

Published 5:10 pm Monday, November 29, 2021

As family and friends gathered for Thanksgiving festivities, Louisiana State Police troopers investigated multiple fatality crashes throughout the state. Lack of seat belt usage and speed were among the major contributing factors.

Troopers investigated 10 fatal crashes, which resulted in 16 fatalities from the afternoon of Wednesday, Nov. 24, until last night. This was a significant increase compared to last year’s travel period.  In 2020, eight fatalities occurred in seven crashes.

This total of fatal crashes does not include crash investigations conducted by local law enforcement agencies leading to potentially higher fatal statistics, said Sgt. Daniel “Scott” Moreau.

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Throughout the holidays, traffic congestion will continue and drivers are urged to exercise patience and good judgement behind the wheel, Moreau said. Although the statistics changed, the causes of these crashes remain the same. Impairment, speeding, distractions and lack of seat belts are common factors. 

Motorists are urged to contact the nearest LSP Troop by dialing *LSP (*577) if they observe others driving in an unsafe manner. 

While law enforcement will be on heightened patrol throughout the holiday period, the task of preventing crashes is a joint responsibility with the public.