BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - As people plan to celebrate the Independence Day holiday, Louisiana State Troopers remind drivers to make the smart decisions before getting behind the wheel.
Troopers say six people died in preventable crashes in 2015 and hundreds of others spent the weekend behind bars for various reasons.
"From my time as a Trooper to my present role as Superintendent, one of the most difficult assignments I've had was informing a mother of her young child's death in a car crash," said Colonel Mike Edmonson, State Police Superintendent. "The fatalities that occur on our highways are mostly preventable. It is the responsibility of all citizens to make smart choices both while in motor vehicles and while enjoying the holiday festivities."
Louisiana State Police will have more troopers on the road this holiday weekend to ensure people stay safe on the road.
Troopers offered these road safety tips:
* Always ensure everyone is properly restrained (all seating positions, day and night)
* Never drive impaired or ride with an impaired driver
* Avoid distractions while driving
* Be courteous and patient while dealing with higher than normal traffic volumes
Police say an estimated 41 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more over the July 4th weekend.
To get the latest road conditions, drivers can access one of the following:
* Dialing 511 from any phone in Louisiana
* Visiting www.511la.org
* Utilizing the free "Way to Geaux" app on your smartphone
* Following the Louisiana State Police Facebook and Twitter pages (@LAStatePolice)