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In Louisiana, reckless driving is out - ‘wreck-less’ driving is in

Staff Report
April 18, 2007 at 2:23 pm  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

State highway officials have launched an ongoing campaign to promote driver safety and awareness in the hope of preventing the nearly 1,000 motor-vehicle fatalities that occur each year.

The cleverly entitled “Wreck Less, Louisiana” campaign will tackle six highway safety issues in a barrage of press release and public service announcements in weeks and months to come.

Masterminding the initiative is the state Department of Transportation and Development. The agency believes drivers can be persuaded to pay more attention to safety issues and thereby reduce accident, injuries and death.

“Highway work-zone” safety will be addressed first with radio, television and print public-service announcements urging drivers to be cautious and obey posted speed limits in construction zones.

Accidents in highway work zones resulted in 12 deaths and 709 injuries in Louisiana, the latest-available statistics show.

The total cost of the “Wreck Less, Louisiana” campaign, which is paid for with Federal Highway Administration safety funds, is $950,000.

Health insurance seminar can save small businessmen money

The Department of Insurance and Louisiana Health Care Commission will co-sponsor a free health insurance seminar for small business owners on Wednesday, April 25, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Baton Rouge Area Foundation Conference Center at 402 N. Fourth Street.

“The Health Care Options for Small Business Seminar” will inform small business owners of a range of affordable health insurance options for their employees.

The seminar is the major event planned for "Cover the Uninsured Week," April 23 to 29.

Now in its fifth year, the nonprofit, nonpartisan Cover the Uninsured campaign is the largest mobilization in history to shine a national spotlight on the need to secure health coverage for all Americans.

Tax-free shoppers spend $4.5 mil

The Louisiana Tax Free Shopping Program is pleased to announce that in the first quarter of 2007, we have serviced over 5,200 international visitors who spent over $4,500,000 shopping in Louisiana.

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