A body in motion stays
in motion. Buckle up.

Safety belts save lives. In 2010, 30 percent of
traffic fatalities in Lafayette Parish were not
wearing safety belts. Always wear your safety
belt and use Street Sense.
Source: lhsc.lsu.edu



A drowsy driver is a
dangerous driver.
Don’t drive while fatigued.

In a national survey, almost 5 percent of respondents reported falling asleep at the
wheel during the previous 30 days. Driver fatigue-related crashes are often more
severe than other types of accidents.
Avoid driving when you're fatigued, and
take steps to stay alert behind the wheel. Please use Street Sense.
Source: blogs.wsj.com/health



Treat every intersection
as a caution zone.

More than one-third of all crashes in
Lafayette Parish last year occurred at an intersection. Don’t let your guard down
just because you have the right-of-way.
Always approach intersections with caution. Please use Street Sense.
Source: lhsc.lsu.edu



Plan on drinking?
Plan not to drive.

Last year, 42 percent of automobile
fatalities in Lafayette Parish were
alcohol-related. If you’ve been drinking,
don’t drive. Please use Street Sense.
Source: lhsc.lsu.edu



Saving a few minutes is
not worth risking the rest
of your life. Slow down.

For your average drive across town, driving
even 10 mph faster is only going to save you
a few minutes, but it will increase your crash risk by as much as 50 percent. Watch your speed. Please use Street Sense.
Source: auto.howstuffworks.com



Put calls on hold
while driving.

Using a cell phone while driving, whether
it's hand-held or hands-free, delays a
driver's reactions as much as having
a blood alcohol concentration at the
legal limit of .08 percent. Please use
Street Sense.
Source: University of Utah



Keep an eye out
for pedestrians.

From 2000-2009, 73 pedestrians in
Lafayette were killed by motorists.
Keep an eye out for pedestrians and
please use Street Sense.



Don’t push it. Leave on time.

Speeding is a factor in almost one-third of all
fatal crashes. Allow sufficient time to reach
your destination and observe all posted speed limits. Please use Street Sense.
Source: safety.fhwa.dot.gov



Drive like your life
depends on it. It does.

In 2010, auto accidents injured 4,137 people
and killed 26 people in Lafayette Parish.
Drive like your life depends on it, because
it does. Please use Street Sense.
Source: lhsc.lsu.edu



A body in motion stays
in motion. Buckle up.

80 percent of traffic deaths occur in vehicles traveling less than 40 miles per hour. Insist that everyone in your vehicle wears a safety belt,
even if you’re just going around the corner.
Please use Street Sense.



There’s no checkered flag.
Slow down.

Speeding violations dropped by 40 percent
at Lafayette’s SafeSpeed intersections during
the most recent study period. Take note of
posted speed limits and stick to them. Help us make Lafayette streets safer for all citizens. Please use Street Sense.

Source: LCG Traffic & Transportation Dept.



Safety belts. More than
13,000 lives saved each year.

The force of impact at 10 mph is equal to the
force of a 200 pound bag of cement dropped
from a first story window. Always wear your
safety belts. Please use Street Sense.
Source: trafficsafetymarketing.gov



Put down handheld devices. Keep your hands on the
wheel & eyes on the road.

Using a hand-held device makes you four
times as likely to get into a crash serious
enough to cause injury. Put it down and
use Street Sense.
Source: Distraction.gov




Easy rider. Safe rider.
National trends show a rising motorcyclist
death toll. Contributing factors include a
dramatic increase in motorcycle ownership, changes in motorcycle size and rider
experience. The rate of increase in fatalities
has outpaced the rate of increase in
motorcycle registrations, and the death and
injury rates among middle-aged motorcycle
riders have increased most rapidly.
Please use Street Sense.
Source: safety.fhwa.dot.gov



10,000 crashes in 2010
equals too many. Focus
and obey all traffic laws.

Lafayette Parish experienced almost
ten- thousand automobile crashes
in 2010. You can help bring that
number down this year with a little StreetSense. Pay attention to your
driving, obey speed limits and traffic signals. Please use Street Sense.
Source: lhsc.lsu.edu



Red means stop.
No ifs, ands, or buts.
 
Traffic crashes at Lafayette’s
SafeLight intersections have dropped
by 41 percent. Obeying all red lights
all the time is a key factor in making Lafayette a safer city in which to live. Please use Street Sense.
Source: Nov 30, 2010
Safelight/Safespeed Status Report




Don’t drink & drive.
Buckle up. Calm down. 

In Louisiana, the major contributors
to fatal crashes are alcohol, not
wearing a safety belt, and aggressive driving. 81percent of driver fatalities involved one of these factors.
Please use Street Sense.
Source: lhsc.lsu.edu




Crashes cost millions
in property damage,
and untold costs in lives lost and serious injuries. 

Lafayette Parish car crashes last
year cost an estimated $392 million. That’s equivalent to more than $2,600
per licensed driver in the parish.
But, the cost of a life lost or altered
by serious injury cannot be measured.
Please use Street Sense.
Source: lhsc.lsu.edu




More passengers,
greater risk.
Driving comes first.

Teens driving with two or more teen passengers increase the chance
of a fatal crash by five times. When
teens are behind the wheel, limit passengers and focus on safety.
Please use Street Sense.
Source: nhtsa.gov




Safety takes
one simple click. 

Unbuckled drivers and passengers
were the leading cause of fatalities
on Louisiana highways in 2010.
Fifty-nine percent of vehicle
occupants killed in crashes
were not wearing safety belts.
Please use Street Sense.
Source: Louisiana Highway
Safety Commission