In local safety news:

The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission says traffic fatalities dropped by 29 percent between 2007 and 2013. Lt. Col. John LeBlanc, the commission’s executive director, said the state had 993 traffic fatalities in 2007, compared with 703 in 2013, a drop of almost 30 percent. According to LeBlanc, the decrease stems from tougher impaired driving and seat belt laws, more robust law enforcement and public information campaigns on the causes of traffic accidents. Louisiana’s new data sharply contrasts with a significant rise in traffic fatalities in neighboring Texas.

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