DOTD reminds motorists to drive safely during the holiday season
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 9:26:49 AM
Baton Rouge, La. – With the holiday season approaching, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development would like to remind motorists to use caution while driving during this busy holiday. Because Thanksgiving and Christmas are heavily traveled holidays, motorists should expect to see an increase in traffic along the interstate system throughout the state. Motorists can view updated traffic information by accessing the 511la website.

Motorists should drive using the following safety tips while traveling to their destinations:

• Drive carefully.
• Avoid driving while distracted.
• Allow for extra driving time.
• Make sure there is plenty of room between vehicles.
• Wear your seatbelt.
• Don’t drive impaired.
• Be sure to use headlights if windshield wipers are on.

Motorists can access the latest updates on real-time traffic and road conditions by going to You can also download the app to your smartphone or use the 511 Traveler Information System by dialing 511 from your telephone and saying the route or region where you are seeking information. Out-of-state travelers can call 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511). Travelers can also access this information by visiting the 511 Traveler Information Web site at