Drivers practice more care after 21 car pile-up

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 6:24pm

For many a deadly 21 car pile-up early Tuesday Morning has served as a wake-up call to be even more careful on the roads.

For some drivers it's the fog that gets them early in the morning.

"Sometimes your visibility out there, one car length, so it's pretty bad," said John Behrnes, an Ascension Parish driver.

For others, it's the smoke from the burning sugar cane fields in the middle of the day.

"That drops your visibility to just about 25-30ft in front of you, which doesn't sound terrible, but when you're actually in your vehicle and stuff like that, it's a detrimental aspect of your driving experience," explained Brad Black, another driver.

State troopers have said fog is to blame for a deadly 21 car pile-up Tuesday Morning and not smoke from nearby cane fields. Each sugar cane farmer is responsible for safely burning their own crop. Drivers we spoke to say it's the crop-hauling trucks that could use some safety measures.

"If they just required them to put a simple blinking blue light, it might help with visibility, and maybe require that for some of these trucks. They go slower, you got to look out for them but they have a right to the road just like everybody else," said Patrick McCarron, another driver.

Most agree, no matter how many safety measures you take, it's best to follow some rules of your own.

"Big rigs and stuff, it's difficult for them to see what's going on around them. A lot of people don't think about that when they're out on the roads," said Black.

"Slow down, that's the main one. Pay more attention," added Behrnes.


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