PRESS RELEASE From: Police Department Contact: Public Information Officer, Lt. Malcolm Dupre Date: Monday, August 25, 2003
City of Thibodaux 1309 Canal Blvd. Thibodaux, LA 70301 985-446-7214
Thibodaux Police Department will join Enforcement Crackdown to make Louisiana Roadways Safer During Labor Day Weekend
During the Labor Day weekend, Thibodaux Police Departmentwill join nearly 1,800 other law enforcement agencies in a crash crackdown onInterstates 10, 20, 30, 35, 40 and all feeder routes in the states of Texas,Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and New Mexico, according to Thibodaux PoliceChief Howard Robertson.
“OurOfficers and more than 77,000 other law enforcement officers will be patrollingand ticketing drivers who ignore traffic laws.We will be watching for folks who are not buckled up and don’t havetheir children properly restrained.Wewill also be cracking down on drinking and driving, aggressive driving, andexceeding speed limits,” said Chief Robertson.
Thismulti-state cooperative law enforcement effort, “Operation Blue TALON: CrashCrackdown” will begin at 6:00 p.m. Friday, August 29, 2003, and run throughmidnight Monday, September 1, 2003.Municipalpolice, Sheriffs, and State police will participate.This is the fifth year of this operation sponsored by the NationalHighway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the state highway safetyoffices of Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, NewMexico, (TALON).
“Weare pleased to be involved with this crackdown on violations that annuallyaccount for many injuries and deaths.Wehope to make the roadways in our area safer for all holiday travelers,”according to Thibodaux Police Chief Robertson.
“Adisproportionate number of traffic deaths here and throughout the states occurin pickup trucks, partly because of a higher incidence of rollovers in thosevehicles and lower safety belt usage by their occupants.Being unbuckled in a rollover crash is deadly,” Chief Robertson said.
“Thechances for any driver in any vehicle getting stopped for ignoring speed limits,drinking and driving, and not being buckled up will be very high.If our officers don’t stop you, another agency most likely will.By working together, we are increasing the odds that travelers will gethome safely,” said Robertson.