Senator questions handling of I-12 traffic jams

During a Senate committee hearing Wednesday, state Sen. Dale Erdey took the opportunity to question a state police official about law enforcement’s handling of a wreck on Interstate 12 last week.

Erdey asked Lt. Greg Graphia if law enforcement really needed to block off a lane and whether further legal authority would be necessary to allow police the ability to handle interstate wrecks on the shoulder.

Because the law requires traffic to move to the left lane and that choked up I-12 traffic all day in Livingston Parish, said Erdey, R-Livingston. “Don’t you have some latitude to open up the lanes?”

His questions prompted other senators to open and recall, in a critical way, I-12 stoppages they have experienced recently. Erdey says he gets a lot of calls from frustrated constituents complaining about the frequent traffic snarls on the I-12, which runs across the north shore between Baton Rouge and Slidell.

“I brought it up because that particular wreck recently happened and this was an opportunity to ask about it,” Erdey said after the hearing Senate Transportation, Highways and Public Works Committee.