NewsCovering Louisiana


Troopers work nearly 150 crashes over two days, ask public to drive safely

LSP road condition.jpg
Posted at 3:18 PM, Feb 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-15 20:21:27-05

Louisiana State Police say that over the past two days they have worked nearly 150 crashes.

LSP and the Louisiana DOTD say they are continuing to work with public safety partners across the state to ensure citizen safety during the winter weather event.

Citizens are urged to remain indoors and stay off of affected roadways. Bridges and overpasses across the state are the first to accumulate ice and can cause dangerous situations.

Over the past two days, Troopers have investigated nearly 150 crashes. Travel at this time is highly discouraged. Motorists can find the most up-to-date road closure information by visiting, calling 511, or downloading the Louisiana 511 smartphone application.

If travel is unavoidable, LSP offers the following winter weather driving tips:

  • Reduce speed and allow extra time to reach your destination
  • Increase your following distance behind other vehicles
  • Do not drive using the cruise control in icy conditions
  • Anticipate stops (such as stop signs and traffic signals) and brake gently while stopping
  • Be aware that ice may be difficult to see and is especially likely to be present on overpasses, bridges, and shady spots on the roadway
  • If you encounter a skid, take your foot off of the accelerator and steer into the skid until you regain control
  • Use low beam headlights if it is raining or sleeting
  • Watch for slow-moving DOTD vehicles as well as first responders
  • Move over or, if unable to move over, reduce speed for emergency vehicles on the shoulder
  • Ensure all vehicle occupants are properly restrained

If you experience difficulties or witness hazardous situations while on the highway, you may notify the nearest State Police Troop by dialing *LSP (*577) from your cell phone.

For the latest on road conditions, pictures, videos, and LSP activities across the state, please visit the LSP Facebook and Twitter social media pages.

Stay in touch with us anytime, anywhere.

To reach the newsroom or report a typo/correction, click HERE.

Sign up for newsletters emailed to your inbox. Select from these options: Breaking News, Evening News Headlines, Latest COVID-19 Headlines, Morning News Headlines, Special Offers

Follow us on Twitter

Like us on Facebook

Follow us on Instagram

Subscribe to our Youtube channel