Curfews begin overnight in some places
BATON ROUGE - A number of curfews have been instituted in parishes around the area as cold weather moves into southern Louisiana.
Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard said a curfew would start there at 11 p.m. and end at 7 a.m. Wednesday. Exceptions would be made for any and all essential personnel and first responders.
St. Martin Parish President Guy Cormier and Sheriff Ronny Theriot have called for a parish wide curfew starting at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday until 6:00 a.m. Wednesday for the entire parish. That includes the towns of Breaux Bridge, Henderson, Cecilia, Parks, and St. Martinville.
Zachary Police changed their voluntary curfew to a mandatory one from 11:00 p.m. Tuesday to 5 a.m. Wednesday. The curfew doesn't apply to those going to work or seeking medical attention.
Due to icing on the roadways, Baker city officials have also issued a citywide curfew from 10 p.m. Tuesday until 8 a.m. Wednesday morning.
In East Feliciana Parish, the town of Jackson called for a curfew to keep people off the roads from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.
St. Helena Parish authorities also put a curfew in place from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m., except for people traveling due to work and seeking medical attention.
West Baton Rouge also instituted a curfew from 11 p.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday. Exceptions include any and all essential personnel and first responders.
In Iberia Parish, the sheriff's office has placed a curfew that is currently active. The curfew will last until 6 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Authorities encouraged people to stay inside and off the roads during the winter weather.