BATON ROUGE, LA – As we welcome an exciting new year, Attorney General
Jeff Landry encourages all Louisiana citizens to stay safe during the
“If ever there was a night to be hyper-vigilant on the
roads, it is New Year’s Eve,” said General Landry. “Now that Rudolph has gone
home, no one should be driving lit.”
“From travel to fireworks, I strongly encourage everyone
to plan ahead to avoid any potentially dangerous situations,” added General
Landry. “Together, we can all have a safe and fun New Year’s holiday!”
General Landry offers the following tips to help avoid
injury and celebrate safely:
– Use fireworks only if legal in your area.
– Never allow children to play with or ignite
– Light only one firework at a time and never
attempt to relight one that does not go off after it has been ignited.
– Never throw or point a firework toward people,
animals, vehicles, houses, or flammable materials.
– Keep a hose or water bucket handy in case of
– If your clothes are on fire – remember to stop,
drop, and roll on the ground to smother the fire.
– If you plan on drinking alcohol, make a game plan
ahead of time – designate a sober driver before you drink.
– Do not drink anything you did not see poured or
opened. And never leave your drink unattended.
– When opening champagne bottles, always be sure to
point the cork away from people.
– If intoxicated, do not drive for any reason. Call
a taxi, ride-sharing service, or sober friend for a ride home.
– Keep an eye on your friends and family members –
do not let them drive drunk. Take their car keys.
– Immediately report drunk drivers and drunk
pedestrians on the road to law enforcement.
– New Year's Day is the second most active holiday
for car thieves. If you leave your car overnight on New Year’s Eve, make sure
it is locked and try to pick it up as early as possible the next day.
– Beware of your surroundings at all times. If
possible, travel in groups.
– The holidays can be lonely and stressful for
those suffering from depression and suicidal thoughts. If you or a loved one
need someone to talk to, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline