Jefferson Parish, Metairie crack down on speeding on Causeway

Posted on Dec 8, 2014 in Courts, Local Issues, Traffic

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After two accidents this past year proved fatal, Louisiana is looking to crack down on speeding on the Causeway bridge. During the four-day holiday period for Thanksgiving, police officers increased their tickets by 25%. Majority of them were cited for speeding, and the fastest recorded on the bridge was 87 mph. The limit on the majority of the bridge is 65 mph. Bridge General Manager Carlton Dufrechou would not disclose the amount of tickets written in November, but did confirm that they usually about 1,000 citation a month on the Causeway.

The new enforcement comes in the wake of two fatal accidents where drivers had cars flip over the railing and into the water. The latest accident occurred on Nov 23 when David Zapot, 38, lost control of his SUV on the downslope of the drawbridge hump, hit the railing, and flipped into Lake Pontchartrain.

Mr. Dufrechou urges drivers to drive the speed limit, and claims while many believe there is a buffer before they will get pulled over, no such buffer actually exists.

If you or someone you know is given a ticket on the Causeway or in Metairie, please give Bloom Legal a call at 504-599-9997 or email us info@bloomlegal.com.

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