State police: Bad weather, road construction lead to more accidents

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 11:00pm

It isn't just construction delays - with bad weather comes bad traffic and a lot more accidents.

The Louisiana State Police say they usually see over twenty car accidents a day when it rains compared to less than ten on a normal day.

The main cause of the accidents are people are not slowing down and people driving too close to other cars.

However, officers say the construction is a huge factor in the increase in accidents lately.

“There are more accidents anytime there is construction, especially times when there is heavy rain, take I-10 for example,” stated Jared Sandifer with the LSP. “The roadway is different now and it changes on a day-to-day basis because of the construction. People don't alter their driving habits; they think they are driving on the same road they drove on yesterday, but it may have changed."

Sandifer also says when the weather is bad, especially on I-10 right now, that drivers shouldn’t forget to wear their seatbelts and slow down.



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