Law enforcements officials said it began when Westlake police officers tried to stop a car for speeding. It ended minutes later in a six-vehicle Lake Charles crash that resulted in injuries to three people.
He learned about life and how to conduct himself in a couple of important ways: he was born and raised in Louisiana and he served his country in the military. The 55-year-old truck driver used his training, instincts and quick thinking to save a family of six after they were in a motor vehicle crash on a Texas interstate highway.
This Friday, marijuana enthusiasts will celebrate an informal holiday known as 420. In cannabis culture, April 20 is a day to partake of the substance (typically around 4:20 pm) and rally for legalization. We don’t know of any 420 celebrations scheduled for Lake Charles, but we do know that fragrant clouds will float over observances around the nation.
According to biologists at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, humans have an instinctual desire to cooperate and be polite. Additionally, we want to avoid stigmatized behavior so that we are not ostracized by others. When thinking about social stigmas surrounding personal injury, many people don't consider themselves the "lawsuit type."
Texting while driving is illegal in Louisiana, as it is in most other states. Everyone has heard the message in Lake Charles TV ads, on radio and in social media: it's incredibly dangerous to you, your passengers and other motorists to send or read texts while driving.
We humans have a remarkable ability to know that something is true but at the very same time ignore that knowledge. A recent study on traffic safety drives that point home.
Because Interstates 210 and 10 go through Lake Charles, we are often a stopping place for drivers from Florida on their way to Arizona, or vice versa, and for drivers from Alabama and Mississippi on their way to Texas or New Mexico. There are many other permutations of starting points and destinations, of course.
As the end of Mardi Gras nears and Shrove Tuesday approaches, the final parades and events are in full swing. Music and event venues swell to beyond capacity and maximum occupancy limitations are often ignored. Caught up in the fun of the festivities, patrons are not concerned with swelling crowds. But overcrowding in bars and other establishments can make safe exits nearly impossible in the event of an emergency.
It has been nearly a year since a drunk driver slammed his pick-up truck into a crowd gathered to watch a Mardi Gras parade. The 26-year-old was recently ordered by a judge to spend about three more years behind bars for the crash that injured more than 30 people.
It's a common sight as you drive around Lake Charles: people talking on their cellphones while they're behind the wheel of their moving vehicle. Young, old and in-between do it, often unaware of the risks involved.