Legislation to let civil juries to know about seat belt use dies in a Senate committee
Posted on 4/17/2018 5:59:00 PM.

A bill allowing judges to inform juries about whether or not a victim in a car crash was wearing a seat belt died in a Senate Committee. The bill was promoted as potentially leading to smaller settlements in some cases, which would drive insurance rates down. Slidell Senator Sharon Hewitt, the bill’s sponsor, says we should trust judges to make the right call.
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Bill to allow seat belt evidence in civil cases to be heard today
Posted on 4/17/2018 4:55:00 AM.

A bill by Slidell Senator Sharon Hewitt that would allow civil court judges to decide whether or not juries are allowed to know whether or not a crash victim was wearing their seat belt is being heard in committee today. Hewitt says crashes involving people not wearing seat belts end up leading to heftier settlements.
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Louisiana drivers and riders are buckling up but those in pickups don't wear seat belts as often
Posted on 10/27/2017 11:27:00 AM.

A survey from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission finds Louisianans are buckling up but drivers and passengers in pickup trucks are not doing so as often.

Executive Director Dr. Katara Williams says the seat belt usage rate has consistently increased annually in the Bayou State since 2009. But she says many residents in our state drive trucks, so we must convince them to buckle up.
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"Click It or Ticket" campaign underway for Thanksgiving holiday
Posted on 11/21/2014 11:53:00 AM.
As we near the Thanksgiving holiday, the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission is coordinating a statewide Click It of Ticket campaign aimed at saving lives. Executive Director Lt. Col. John Leblanc says last year's Thanksgiving holiday was one of the most dangerous of the year on Louisiana roadways. 

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Seat Belt Use in LA Jumps 3% in 2013; Its Biggest Hike in a Decade
Posted on 10/28/2013 6:09:00 PM.
State highway safety officials say seat belt usage is up more than 3% this year; it's largest statewide jump in a decade. Louisiana Highway Safety Commission Deputy Director Ken Trull says 82 & a half percent of drivers use seat belts regularly, and he credits public awareness and outreach campaigns.
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