State Police say it was a deadly weekend on Louisiana's roadways. From Friday through Monday morning, troopers investigated 10 fatal crashes that resulted in the deaths of 15 people. Sgt. Jared Sandifer says these tragedies, which also claimed the lives of children and teenagers, were preventable.
"Impairment was likely a factor, and a lot of these were people choosing not to wear their seat belt, whether driver or passenger," said Sandifer.
Sandifer says several of the crashes also involved vehicles crossing over into the opposite lane of travel. He says the high number a fatal crashes over this three day period is highly unusual as it's not a holiday or a reason there would be more people on the roadways.
"This weekend there was nothing different or special going on," said Sandifer. "This just boils down to people making bad decisions."
A crash in St. Helena Parish claimed the life of a 3-month-old infant and the 27-year-old mother along with another individual. Sandifer says knowing that these crashes could have been avoided continues to frustrate law enforcement.