DOTD reminds motorists to use caution during severe weather
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 10:45:01 AM
New Orleans- With severe weather and heavy rainfall impacting the Greater New Orleans area, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development reminds motorists to take extra precautions should traveling be necessary. District personnel are on site monitoring the forecast and will make appropriate decisions to ensure the safety of the traveling public. Many roads in the region are either closed or have high water on them, so use precaution and only drive if you must.

During unfavorable weather conditions, motorists should adhere to the following safety tips:

• Do not drive unless you must.
• Avoid driving into standing or running water.
• Avoid driving while distracted.
• Avoid using cruise control when visibility is low or road surfaces are wet.
• Always allow for extra driving time.
• Make sure there is plenty of room between vehicles.
• Have your headlights on when using windshield wipers
• Never drive through areas with downed power lines or utility poles

Motorists can access the latest updates on real-time traffic and road conditions using the 511 Traveler Information System by dialing 511 from their telephone and saying the route or region on which they 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.