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Everyday Safety Tips


Chief Decou and the Broussard Police are working closely with DOTD to aggressively enforce violations that occur within construction zones. Our goal is to provide safety and education to motorists who travel through the City of Broussard. April has been dedicated as Highway Safety Awareness Month. For more information, please visit DOTDs website or click on the picture above.
Crime Prevention Information

  1. Children should never approach a car for any reason unless given permission by a parent before hand.

  2. Predators/Abductors look like regular folks, so anyone that you don’t know is a stranger.

  3. Always use the buddy system when out in the neighborhood or walking.

  4. When someone approaches you don’t talk with him or her even if they call you out by your name, especially if you don’t know that person.

  5. If someone approaches you and tells you that they were sent by a parent to pick you up don’t go with that person if a parent hadn’t given you permission to do so.

  6. If someone approaches you and tries to grab you, turn and run in the opposite direction. If that person grabs you make sure you yell or scream as loud as you can so someone can hear you. While doing that, kick, bite, and do whatever is necessary to try and get away from that person.

  7. If someone does grab you and places you in the trunk of a vehicle look for any wires you see and try to pull them loose, this may cause the brake lights to go out and this vehicle will possibly be stopped by the police.

  8. If in the trunk of a vehicle try and push the seat forward, because most new cars have one of the seats that fold down, that way you can get into the back seat area to get out or roll down a window and scream for help.

  9. If you are unable to get away never run into an uninhabited area, stay in a busy area where other people may see and be able to help you.

DID YOU KNOW?

1)      You cannot ride someone on the handlebars of your bicycle (32:195)

2)      You must keep at least on hand on the handlebars (32:195)

3)      You cannot hold onto a vehicle that is in motion on the roadway (even while on skates, a skateboard or other non-motorized devices) (32:196)

4)      You must ride as near to the right side of the roadway as possible(32:197)

5)      You cannot ride more than 2 bicycles wide on a roadway (32:197)

6)      Children under 40 pounds or less than 40 inches in height that are passengers on a bicycle, they shall be properly secured in a restraining seat and shall wear an approved safety helmet (32:199)

7)      Bicycles used at night shall have the following: white light visible from 500 feet to the front, a red reflector on the rear, a reflector on each side facing outward at a right angle to the bicycle frame (rear and side reflectors shall be visible from 600 feet to 100 feet to the rear).  A red lamp light visible from 500 feet to the rear may be used in addition to the rear red reflector. (32:329)

8)      Brakes are required on all bicycles (32:346)

9)      You must follow all traffic laws (32:194)

10)   You cannot ride a bicycle on an interstate highway (32:263)

11)   Children under the age of 12 must wear helmets whether they are operating the bicycle or riding as a properly secured passenger (32:199)

It is also recommended that young children learning to ride a bicycle also wear elbow and knee pads, whether the bicycle has training wheels or not.  Also, make sure to signal with your arm when you are preparing to make a turn. 

All of the above Louisiana laws can be further read by going to the Louisiana legislator web site: http://www.legis.state.la.us/lss/tsrssearch.htm 

Once you get on the website, there is a link on the left that says Louisiana laws that you click on.  Type in 32 for the title, article or rule number.  Then for the section number, type in the above number after the semi-colon (ex. 32:197 you would type in the 197 here).  Leave the law body as 32 and hit search.  The complete law for that article will come up.

 BE SAFE AND ENJOY!!!

Personal Safety Tips

  1. Stay alert and tuned in to your surroundings, wherever you are. Don’t be taken by surprise. Be aware and be prepared.

  2. Stand tall and walk confidently. Don’t show fear. Don’t look like a victim.

  3. Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable in place or situation, leave right away and get help if necessary.

On Foot

  1. Choose busy streets and avoid going through vacant lots, alleys, or other deserted areas. At night, walk in well-lit areas whenever possible.

  2. Try not to walk or jog alone. Take a friend or neighbor along for company.

  3. Get to know the neighborhoods where you live and work.

  4. Carry your purse close to your body and keep a firm grip on it. Avoid pick pockets by carrying your wallet in an outside coat pocket or front trouser pocket.

In Your Car

  1. Always lock your car and take the keys, even if you’ll be gone only a short time.

  2. Keep your car in good running condition, and keep the gas tank at least one quarter full at all times.

  3. Lock your doors while driving.

  4. If your car breaks down, raise the hood and place emergency reflectors or flares to the rear of your car to warn motorists of the hazard. Then stay in the locked car. When someone stops to help, don’t get out. Ask him or her, through a closed or cracked window, to telephone the police to come and help.

  5. If you’re coming or going after dark, park in a well-lit area that will still be well lit when you return.

ATM Machine

  1. Try to plan your visits to the ATM during the day, rather than after dark.

  2. Choose an ATM location that is in a busy, public place. Avoid making withdrawals in isolated areas.

  3. If at all possible, take along a friend who can watch the surroundings while you are conducting your transactions.

  4. Pre-plan your transaction carefully, and don’t spend too much time at the machine.

  5. When you make a withdrawal, quickly place the money in your purse or wallet and leave as soon as you finish your transaction.

  6. Watch for suspicious-looking people waiting around an ATM – They may not really be customers. If someone offers to let you go ahead of them, decline politely and leave.

  7. When visiting a drive-through ATM, keep your doors locked and be prepared to drive away quickly. If anyone approaches your car on foot, roll up your window and drive off.

Back to School Safety

    • To keep our roads safe, motorists must drive defensively, particularly around school buses, bus loading zones, and school zones.
    • Motorists on any highway that has only two-travel lanes (one in each direction) must stop for the bus whether approaching from the front or back.
    • Motorists travelling on multi-lane roadways (at least two lanes of travel in each direction) must stop if overtaking the bus from the rear but need not stop when approaching from the front, but should proceed with caution.
    • Get in the habit of noticing where school zones and crosswalks are on routes that you normally take.
    • Always obey crossing guards.
    • Anticipate the worst.  Children don’t judge speed and distance well and may attempt to cross the roadway that you are travelling on.
    • Be careful around parked vehicles because children waiting to cross may be difficult to see behind parked vehicles-especially large vehicles.
    • Drive with headlights on.  The AAA says that the use of headlights can reduce pedestrian accidents by 25%.
    • Avoid cell phone use while driving.
    • Avoid reversing.
    • Don’t speed.
    • Teach your children to be safe when getting on and off of buses.


 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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