Seven of the 14 people killed were not wearing seat belts and two of the crashes involved driver impairment, Trooper Melissa Matey said.
In St. Mary Parish, Sheriff Mark Hebert said his department investigated seven crashes between Thursday and Sunday. However, this is not an abnormal increase in accidents, he said.
Most of the accidents in the parish were in the areas where crashes are normally seen — at lights on U.S. 90. Another notable accident was a deer being hit on La. 317, he said.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2011 the national seat belt usage rate was 84 percent. Louisiana was below that average at 77.7 percent.
Louisiana law requires every occupant, regardless of seating position, to be properly restrained.
Seat belts significantly reduce injuries and fatalities when worn properly and they ensure that the person remains inside the vehicle.
In 2011, over 42 percent of Louisiana’s motor vehicle fatalities were the result of driver impairment.
The following is a list of fatal crashes by troop area:
—Troop A (Baton Rouge): One crash resulting in one death. Excessive speed is a factor.
—Troop B (New Orleans): None
—Troop C (Houma/Thibodaux): None
—Troop D (Lake Charles): One crash resulting in two deaths. Seat belts were not used, and chemical tests for impairment are pending.
—Troop E (Alexandria): One crash resulting in one death. Seat belts were not used.
—Troop F (Monroe): Two crashes resulting in two deaths, one of which was a pedestrian. Seat belts were not used, and one crash involved impairment.
—Troop G (Shreveport): None
—Troop I (Lafayette): Six crashes resulting in six deaths. One was a pedestrian, and one was a motorcycle. Three of the six crashes involved lack of seat belt usage and one was an impaired driver.
—Troop L (Mandeville): Two crashes resulting in two deaths. One of the crashes involved an impaired driver.
Contact the Louisiana State Police by dialing *LSP or (*577) on your cell phone to report impaired drivers and dangerous roadway conditions.