NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The New Orleans Police Department and Louisiana State Police announced a new partnership Wednesday designed to keep drivers safe on Interstate 10 and other roads in the area.
NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison and Louisiana State Police Superintendent Col. Michael Edmonson said troopers will focus on traffic safety and enforcement on a detail basis on all New Orleans interstates and state highways. The new patrols started today.
"This new partnership will increase enforcement on traffic violations and improve safety on the road for all drivers," said NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison. "Our goal is to continue to reduce crashes and injuries and save more lives on the road. With more troopers helping our officers patrol the interstates, we will make it happen."
During the details, troopers will be stationed in areas that are known for accidents during times of heavy traffic. Troopers will actively enforce speed limits, apprehend impaired drivers and providing assistance to drivers who have been involved in accidents. The NOPD will support these enforcement efforts and provide backup units when necessary, Harrison said.
"Louisiana State Police is committed to assisting the New Orleans Police Department with enhancing the safety of the citizens and tourists in the City of New Orleans," said Colonel Mike Edmonson, Louisiana State Police Superintendent. "We have entered into a mutual contract with the City to extend our supplemental patrols to the New Orleans East area. Troopers assigned to this area will be targeting hazardous motorists and dangerous situations on the federal and state highways. Public safety is our top priority and we are working with NOPD to improve safety in Orleans Parish."
The city will reimburse LSP for the costs of providing the enforcement details.
This effort is conducted through the Local Agency Compensated Enforcement, or LACE program. LACE adds to the NOPD's ongoing partnership with LSP to enhance public safety across the city.
Earlier this year, State Police assigned a permanent contingent of troopers to patrol in the French Quarter and surrounding areas. Troopers are permanently assigned to the New Orleans area to assist in handling investigations and provide additional manpower during special events.