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Louisiana parish seeks to reduce car accidents with campaign

Over a 10-day span, one Louisiana parish saw three people die in wrecks. An estimated 90 people have perished in car accidents from 2014 to 2016. Officials in that parish are now working to get the word out about their new campaign to prevent these avoidable deaths.

The effort, called Stop the Knock, is named for the dreaded notification officials make must when a loved one dies in a crash. The new outreach came about when a local business owner approached a former trooper about the alarming number of young people who die in often avoidable wrecks. The program is aimed at trying to educate residents about the five main causes of the accidents that can be prevented.

One of the main causes has been attributed to the use of cell phones behind the wheel. However, other actions that can lead to fatalities are speeding, impaired driving and neglecting the use of seat belts. Lastly, not paying close attention when crossing railroad tracks can also lead to avoidable crashes. Officials are planning to attempt to speak to as many civic organizations as possible to get the word out to the community that many lives can be saved with proper precautions.

The Louisiana businesswoman who first requested the program ironically missed a presentation due to attending the funeral for former NFL player Michael Dywane Jackson Dyson who was killed in a car accident. It is hoped that more inexperienced drivers will benefit from the educational outreach. When families lose loved ones to these senseless car accidents that are deemed the fault of another driver, they may consider filing a wrongful death suit in order to recoup the financial losses they may have sustained from final expenses and related costs.

Source: hammondstar.com, "Campaign aims to stop fatal accidents", Lauren Langlois, May 17, 2017

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