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January 2017 Archives

Unused texting safety feature prompts lawsuit against Apple

Accidents caused by distracted drivers are a serious problem for police and paramedics in Louisiana and across the country, and the federal government has turned to cellphone manufacturers for help. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released proposals for dealing with distracted drivers, and the agency has requested that electronics makers add features to smartphones that would prevent them being used by drivers.

1 dead in 2-vehicle crash, driver charged

A Louisiana woman who was reportedly involved in a two-vehicle accident that occurred Jan. 18 was charged with vehicular homicide and other associated charges. According to the Louisiana State Police, the accident took place at about 6 a.m. on LA 64, or Magnolia Beach Road, in Denham Springs.

Multiple vehicle crash shuts down Louisiana highway

A fatal wreck involving three vehicles prompted authorities to temporarily close Interstate 59 on Dec. 30. One individual was killed and three were injured in the accident. Police say the major chain-reaction crash occurred at about 7 p.m. when a northbound SUV in the southbound lane hit a truck, which then smashed into a four-door sedan. Passersby were then able to free the occupants from their vehicles until rescue personnel and law enforcement officials arrived at the scene.

NHTSA proposes rules to block some cellphone functions

On roadways in Louisiana and throughout the nation, distracted driving is becoming a major cause of car and truck accidents. Therefore, in an attempt to cut down on this behavior, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has proposed additions to its Driver Distraction Guidelines.