Nobody will accuse Louisiana lawmakers and law-enforcement officials of not wanting to make state roads safer for man and animal. In fact, the state Highway Safety Commission has taken it upon itself to try to shrink the number of pickup truck drivers killed in auto accidents by trying to change their seat-belt habits.
According to the commission's annual survey data, almost 62 percent of people not wearing seat belts last year killed in accidents were in pickup trucks (66 percent in 2012). It's also worth noting that pickup trucks make up only 25 percent of the total autos in the state; the pickup truck segment typically has the lowest total usage numbers among survey participants.
We're told officers across Louisiana will be accruing more than 5,000 hours of overtime to increase patrols and checkpoint enforcement, specifically to focus on the occupants of pickup trucks from May 1 to May 7. To find out more about this campaign and the survey results, click here.