Spike in highway deaths has LSP concerned
BATON ROUGE - A spike in deaths on Louisiana roadways has State Police begging people to put down their cell phones and pay attention when they get behind the wheel.
According to LSP distracted drivers have killed 67 people in the last month alone. They're calling it the new "drunk driving."
It hits close to home for Superintendent of State Police Colonel Mike Edmonson. At just five years old he had to watch his brother get killed by a distracted driver.
"I can still remember my grandmother cleaning the blood," Colonel Edmonson said. "My brother, about to turn four... we were playing football outside when a truck swerved onto the road, ran up onto the sidewalk and hit my baby brother."
The haunting memory is just one reason he's urging people to pay attention to the road.
"When you're driving put the phone away," Colonel Edmonson said. "We're working way too many crashes out there."
State Police say distracted driving far surpasses any other cause of death on the road. In the last four months troopers have issued more than 100 tickets for texting and driving.