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News 2 looks into dangers on Black Bayou

3 years ago February 22, 2012 Feb 22, 2012 Wednesday, February 22 2012 Wednesday, February 22, 2012 9:32:44 PM CST in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Kristy Davis

ST. AMANT - Drivers say the stretch of road along "Black Bayou" where a mother drove off, is dangerous.

One slip up could mean death, and neighbors say it's because there aren't enough safety measures and at night it's dark.

Belinda Elisars lives right on Black Bayou.

She knows all too well it could have easily been her family in that water.

And even though she drives the road almost daily, she's also made a near fatal mistake.

"Years ago in the same exact area, and I over corrected and end up going to the right instead of going into the bayou. I was very lucky." Elisar told News 2.

But it's easy to see how it happens. At night, the road is hard to see. Virtually the only lights along the road are headlights, and if you're in a curve, they seem to appear out of nowhere.

Ascension Parish councilman Randy Clouatre believes drivers need a little extra support, telling News 2, "We got all kinds of new things in traffic safety with high reflective striping on the roads, even reflective signs, something that will let people know they're coming into a curve."

Clouatre believes those precautions, along with a guardrail may have helped last night, and says years ago a guardrail did exist.

And Elisar wonders how long she and her family will have to wait before they come back.

State Police emphasize safe driving, especially when you're in a un known area that may be difficult to navigate, saying it's the most important precaution individual drivers can take.

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