Saved by the BeltOct 7th, 2013 | By Terri Sercovich | Category: news
On August 21, the Louisiana State Police (LSP) and the Interim LSU Hospital, Level 1 Trauma Center presented the “Saved by the Belt” Award to Mr. Charles Cavet of Belle Chasse on behalf of the New Orleans Regional Traffic Safety Coalition. The presentation was made at the Regional Transportation Management Center located at 100 Veterans Memorial Boulevard in New Orleans. Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office Commander Eric Becnel attended the presentation.
On June 27, 2011, at approximately 1:50 p.m., Mr. Charles Cavet was involved in a crash on LA 23 in Plaquemines Parish. The State Police Troop B investigation revealed that a 2005 Toyota Camry was traveling northbound on LA 23 at approximately 73 MPH. The driver of the Camry struck the rear of the vehicle occupied by Mr. Cavet. After the initial crash, the two vehicles traveled into the ditch. All three occupants of the Toyota Camry were unrestrained. The driver of the Camry was charged with DWI and Child Endangerment, First Degree Vehicular Negligent Injury (3 counts), Careless Operation, Unrestrained Child, No Seat Belt and Failure to Provide Insurance. Mr. Cavet sustained severe injuries as a result of the crash and was transported to the Interim LSU Hospital Level 1 Trauma Center. Mr. Cavet’s crash could have resulted in a fatality had Mr. Cavet been unrestrained, however his injuries were minimized through the proper use of the seat belt.
The Louisiana State Police and Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the community that driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is illegal and can result in injuries and deaths. Driving under the influence of prescription medications can result in a DWI arrest, if the medication is responsible for driver impairment.
Motor vehicle crashes are the single greatest cause of death and disability for people ages 1 to 34 and are the leading cause of injury-related deaths among people of all ages. Last year, approximately 72,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes in Louisiana.
Louisiana law requires all occupants, regardless of seating position, to be properly restrained. Crashes can happen at any time, on any day and the greatest chance of surviving a horrific crash is to Buckle Up.
Mr. Cavet, who works for the Parish’s Health Department, was very emotional upon receiving his award and said that he will be advocating the importance of wearing a seat belt however he can.