Louisiana State Police investigated two traffic fatalities and arrested 32 people accused of driving while intoxicated on Interstate 10 over the Labor Day weekend during “Operation: Safe Corridor,” a State Police spokesman said Tuesday.
The operation was a cooperative effort of law enforcement agencies from the eight states along I-10 to develop similar plans to increase a police presence on the interstate, a major east-west artery that extends from Florida to California.
Troopers kept an eye out for impaired and distracted drivers, speeders and seat belt violations, Lt. J.B. Slaton, a State Police spokesman, said.
Troopers in Louisiana issued more than 1,400 speeding tickets and nearly 200 seat belt and child safety restraint violations along I-10, Slaton said. They also investigated nearly 50 vehicle crashes, including 15 that involved injuries and seven that involved impaired drivers, Slaton said.
The two fatal I-10 crashes were in Ascension Parish and Slidell, Slaton said. He said State Police also investigated six other traffic fatalities in different parts of the state over the holiday weekend, including one in West Feliciana Parish.
“Logistically, the operation ran smoothly; however one fatality is always too many,” Slaton said. “Our presence out there, we felt, made a difference and that was our ultimate goal.”