Louisiana road safety
BATON ROUGE- Last year hit and run accidents injured more than 4,000 people in Louisiana. Last week, a truck hit three cyclists on a road in Baton Rouge, leaving them lying in the road before driving off.
State police say this hit and run accident is a wake-up call, and people biking, running, and especially driving constantly need to pay attention to the road.
The cyclists that were hit had lights and reflectors, used hand signals, and wore helmets, but it's not only the bikers' responsibility to look out for cars. Drivers must be on the lookout as well, and be ready to share the road.
"Think about what is on top of that bike, who is pushing that stroller, these are your neighbors," said Beaux Jones, president of Bike Baton Rouge. "If we start with that premise, I think we'll get around a little bit safer."
As the summer temperatures rise more people will be using the road. Whether you're walking, driving, or riding, just remember that we're all people trying to get from one place to another.
State police are still looking for the man responsible for last week's hit and run. The driver is described as a white man in his thirties with short brown hair, driving a red Nissan Frontier. Two of the cyclists walked away with bumps and bruises, the third is still in the hospital with a fractured skull but is in stable condition.