I-10 the deadliest road in America for holiday travel

275 miles of danger through Louisiana

Don Ames
November 25, 2019 - 3:52 pm

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Holiday travelers are being warned of a treacherous stretch of roadway here in Louisiana. 

As reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Interstate 10 is the deadliest highway in America. And, it's likely to be at its deadliest this week. The most Thanksgiving traffic fatalities in the nation from 2015 to 2018 have occurred on I-10. The interstate has seen 49 traffic deaths during the holiday season in those years. 

Granted it's one of the longest interstates in the country, stretching from Los Angeles to Jacksonville, Florida. And it travels through the third highest population among interstates.

But it's most treacherous stretch includes the 275 miles it travels through Louisiana, from Lake Charles through Baton Rouge and New Orleans.  

Dortha Cummins, Deputy Director at Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, notes that Jefferson and East Baton Rouge are particularly problematic parishes.

"We do find that some of the more populous areas of the state do have larger numbers, just because they're more populated. But crashes happen everywhere."

While roughly one-third of fatal holiday-season traffic accidents involve a drunken driver, she notes that Louisiana has the seventh-highest rate of distracted driving incidents in the nation. 

"And that's why it's important for everyone to be safe and be attentive when they're driving. You know, put those phones down make sure they are paying attention to the actual act of driving."

Cummins notes that Jefferson and East Baton Rouge are particularly problematic parishes. Traffic volume along the highway likely has a big impact on the high number of deaths. 

"I think it's just, there's a lot of traffic that goes through there," says Cummins. "So, again, I think it's just making sure we're being engaged drivers. 

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