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Will the Louisiana Roundabout Safety Program Help Save Lives?

The Louisiana State Police are working with a nonprofit traffic safety group to create a roundabout safety program to help improve traffic and reduce the number of accidents. The government will add more roundabouts to Louisiana streets and work with community groups to share proper techniques for using the new intersections. Do Roundabouts Really Prevent Car Accidents? Roundabouts are circular, one-way intersections that are designed to cut congestion and make high-traffic areas safer. According to the Federal Highway Administration, roundabouts are cheaper, more efficient and above all safer than more conventional intersections. The most comprehensive study to date on their effectiveness shows that roundabouts reduced the total number of traffic accidents by 35 percent, the number of injuries by 76 percent and the number of traffic fatalities by more than 90 percent. How Do Roundabouts Affect Pedestrians and Cyclists? Studies also show that these changes in urban planning can also…
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Seatbelts Might Have Saved These Two Louisiana Children

Two Louisiana children were killed in separate car accidents only hours apart from one another. Both died after being thrown from their car. Neither child was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. This raises the question as to whether buckling up could have prevented these tragedies. The first accident occurred after the driver made an improper left turn and veered off of the road. The car flipped, and the child was ejected and killed. There were several other people in the vehicle at the time of the crash. All of these passengers were treated with varying levels of injuries, but they are all expected to recover safely. Drunk driving may have been a factor, but the toxicology testing is still underway. The second accident happened near the Acadia Parish when the driver overcorrected after trying to avoid an accident. The driver, who was also not wearing a…
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Are Obstacle Races Unsafe for Runners?

More than a dozen people were injured due to structural issues at the Warrior Dash obstacle race near Baton Rouge. The race is an annual event where runners race across large obstacles and structures. Law enforcement has reported that there were more than 20 people climbing on a large wooden dome obstacle when it suddenly collapsed. According to Acadian medical responders, 11 people were rushed to the hospital after the accident. Others, who sustained more minor injuries, transported themselves to medical care. Three participates were airlifted because of more severe injuries. Investigations into the cause of the accident are still underway, but it appears that the framework of the dome was not properly enforced to hold the necessary number of participants. Are Obstacle Races Unsafe for Runners? The accident has sparked a conversation about whether or not these races are really safe. Two people died in another Warrior dash a…
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