Louisiana receives top rating for highway safety laws

February 02, 2017 - 7:17 am
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Louisiana receives a top rating for its highway safety laws by Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety. President Jackie Gillan says the Bayou State was one of only five states plus the District of Columbia to earn the highest rating of green, because it has 9 out of 15 recommended traffic safety laws, including a law that requires everyone in a vehicle to buckle up.

“We know primarily back seat passengers are children and it’s really important that we ensure that every passenger and every trip is covered by a seat belt law.”

Gillan says Louisiana also gets a high rating because it requires all motorcycle riders to wear a seat belt. The most recent data shows in 2015, there were 726 motor vehicle deaths in Louisiana. She says even though the Bayou State received a green rating, that doesn’t mean there isn’t work to be done.

“You need to upgrade your booster seat law, the optimal law should cover children up to age 8. You have gaps in your teen driving laws.”

Gillan says Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety also recommends tightening the state’s minimum age for getting a learners permit to 16 and passing other laws to protect teen drivers.

“New team drivers are inexperienced and that when states have graduated drivers licensing laws that are comprehensive, those deaths go down.” 
She’s hopeful the legislature can enact their suggested travel laws when the legislature meets for a regular session in April.
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