Feb 13, 2014 3:52 PM by LSP PRESS RELEASE
NEW ORLEANS - The 2014 NBA All-Star weekend is expected to draw large crowds in the French Quarter and around the metro New Orleans area. This will increase traffic resulting in increased aggressive and impaired drivers on the roadways. The Louisiana State Police is partnering with the New Orleans Police Department and the State Fire Marshal's Office throughout the NBA All-Star weekend in an effort to ensure the safety of citizens and visitors in the French Quarter and on metro area roadways. State Police has committed 120 troopers from across the state for assignment in the French Quarter and the metro area focusing primarily on proactive patrols, criminal investigations, crowd control and traffic control.
"State Police remains committed to ensuring the safety of Louisiana's citizens and tourists as the city of New Orleans hosts another NBA All-Star weekend," stated Colonel Mike Edmonson, State Police Superintendent. "For decades, Troopers have deployed to New Orleans in support of our New Orleans Police Department partners, the citizens and the visitors to our great city. We will be visible and proactive in our patrols while serving as ambassadors to the citizens and tourist as they enjoy the All-Star festivities."
Troopers would like to offer everyone a few safety tips in order to keep you, your family and your property safe.
If you are unfamiliar with the area you will be walking in, pick up a local map or get directions from reliable people, such as hotel personnel or law enforcement officers.
AVOID vacant areas and dark alleys. There is safety in numbers so walk with someone you know or stay with the crowd.
Do not flash large sums of currency while in public. This could possibly catch the eye of criminals.
Carry pertinent information (driver's license, ID, credit cards, keys, etc.) and valuables in your front pocket. This puts pickpockets at a disadvantage. Avoid wearing baggy pants because they are easier targets for criminals. If possible, connect a chain from your wallet to your belt loop, making it more difficult for the criminals.
Ladies, avoid carrying bulky purses and wearing expensive/flashy jewelry. Ensure your purse is zipped at all times. This prevents criminals from reaching into your purse. Also, carry pertinent information in your front pocket.
Avoid excessive alcohol intake. Remember, the first thing alcohol affects is your judgment. A highly intoxicated person can be an easy target for a criminal.
DRIVE SOBER! Prior to enjoying the festivities, make a plan and stick to it! Get a designated driver, take a taxi or have a sober family member or friend pick you up and take you home safely. Also, do not get in the vehicle with an impaired driver.
BUCKLE UP! Louisiana law requires EVERYONE in the vehicle to be properly restrained. In the event of a crash, the SAFEST place to be is inside the vehicle.
IF YOU DRINK AND DRIVE YOU WILL GO TO JAIL! Louisiana State Troopers will be aggressively patrolling the roads for impaired drivers.
Pay attention to parking signs and use common sense. There will be limited parking available; attempt to carpool or use an alternate form of transportation.
Observe the restricted parking areas in and around the French Quarter and New Orleans Arena. Do not block fire hydrants or driveways. Do not interfere with the flow of traffic on streets or sidewalks. This will ensure the safe movement of emergency vehicles / personnel responding to calls for service and emergency situations.
Following these tips and the parking signs may prevent you from having your vehicle towed or paying a fine.
Remember to remove all valuables from your vehicle or from the view of the public eye.
Double check to ensure your vehicle is locked and the windows are closed. Make sure you have your keys. Also, take a look around you and remember where you parked.
Know pertinent information about your vehicle, such as your license plate number. This will assist you and the police in determining whether your vehicle has been towed or stolen.
To report suspected impaired and/or aggressive drivers, please dial *LSP (*577) from your cell phone.
The Louisiana State Police asks everyone to remain safe, make good decisions, and enjoy the NBA All-Star weekend!