State police alongside law-enforcement throughout St. Landry Parish gathered at Troop I to launch a new campaign aimed at saving lives in Acadiana. At the halfway point of 2014, Louisiana State Police Troop I has recorded 37 fatalities. "That's 28 fatality crashes. 100% of them are preventable and we're here today to say that we have a zero tolerance for seatbelt, child restraint and unrestrained drivers" says Captain Becket Breaux of Troop I. Of those 37 fatalities, 10 occurred in St. Landry, neither of the drivers or passengers were restrained. Breaux says, "We're going to focus in St. Landry Parish and have a zero tolerance for non-restrained driver's. We're going to be out there looking for not only not restrained driver's but we're looking for impaired drivers and also distracted drivers."
"We're going to be dedicated and committed to assist state police as well as the other agencies in the parish to enforce traffic violations especially the use of seatbelts" says Hilman Popillion, Deputy Chief of St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Department.
Two weeks ago the Eunice Police Department responded to a crash where five people lost their lives in an accident; since then, the department has conducted a two week long seatbelt detail and 120 tickets were issued in 12 days. Chief Ronald Dies of the Eunice Police Department says, "We cannot stress enough to the public to wear your seatbelt. We as officers are here to try and make sure that the public is safe but as individuals you have to take the responsibility to buckle your seatbelt and your passengers as well."