METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - Drivers saw six hours of driving restrictions on the Causeway Tuesday morning because of the dense fog, and FOX 8 Meteorologist Chris Franklin expect the coming mornings to look the same.
"Make sure you do have enough distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. Make sure you're using your headlights on low beams. Make sure you're just driving careful and prudent, and just be having a little patience and make sure you have enough time to get to your destination," said Sgt. Nick Manale with Louisiana State Police.
According to the most recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 24,283 crashes related to fog, smog or smoke nationwide in 2012. Of those crashes, 372 were fatal.
Before sunrise Tuesday, headlights became halos with cars barely visible in the mist. With the extremely low viability, State Police said they'll be out removing stalled cars from the roadway quickly to prevent crashes.
"We're going to have units out patrolling the roadways, patrolling all of our elevated highways, interstate systems - being very vigilant and looking for stalled vehicles on the roadway and taking immediate action to remove those vehicles out of the lanes of travel," Manale said.
Drivers can help State Police by calling *LSP, which is *577, to report any stalled cars or other hazards.
Unless it is an emergency, State Police remind drivers not to use high beams or hazard flashing lights.
"Those flashing lights reflect off the fog itself which decreases viability for drivers who are approaching it. So, it's actually Louisiana law not to drive with your emergency lights on except for in an emergency situation," Manale said. "It's just slowing down, making sure you're not distracted inside the vehicle, putting down those electronic devices and just being extra cautious."