Louisiana State Police warning drivers ahead of dangerous winter storm

LSP officials are urging people to avoid driving and stay at home over the next few days.
LSP officials are urging people to avoid driving and stay at home over the next few days.(Source: KNOE)
Published: Feb. 12, 2021 at 10:28 PM CST
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Louisiana State Police is warning drivers ahead of hazardous weather expected over the next few days.

Public Information Officer Trooper Michael Reichardt said the incoming winter storm will make roads extremely difficult to navigate. He said there’s no need for anyone to drive this weekend unless it’s an emergency or absolutely necessary.

“Our suggestion if you can, is to just stay home,” Reichardt said.

Reichardt said if you do find yourself in some trouble while driving, this is what you should do.

“If you do hit a patch of ice, let off the accelerator and barely press on the brake. Don’t slam on the brake. It’s just going to make it worse that what it already is. So just press on the brake real easy until you have complete control of the car so you can pull over to the shoulder or stop completely.”

The inclement weather could also wipe out traffic lights.

If a light is out, the intersection must be treated as a 4-way stop. Each driver should come to a full stop and yield to other cars before moving. If two vehicles arrive and stop at the same time, the one on the right goes first.

Reichardt said he was almost involved in an accident due to people ignoring the law.

“If you come to a 4-way stop or an intersection with lights that don’t work, you must come to a complete stop,” he said. “People were just running through intersections and not stop and I almost got struck one time. You have to stop. Everybody has to come to a complete stop at those 4-way intersections.”

He said LSP will be active through this weather event and willing to assist drivers in any way.

“We’re going to be working. Unfortunately, we don’t get to take off during times like this. Our job is public safety and it’s your safety,” Reichardt said.

You can dial *577 to get in touch directly with a state trooper if you are in trouble.

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