BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – Louisiana State Police (LSP) investigated 10 deadly crashes with a total of 16 deaths from Wednesday afternoon to Sunday night.

“This weekend, Troopers and first responders witnessed firsthand the devastating effects of poor decisions on our roadways,” an official LSP Facebook post said.

LSP says drivers being unrestrained, driving above the speed limit and being impaired were contributing factors to most of the accidents. In 2020, LSP investigated eight deaths from seven crashes from the holiday weekend. LSP says that traffic congestion will resume and reminds drivers to stay patient when behind the wheel. The total of fatal crashes does not include crash investigations conducted by local law enforcement which could increase the number of fatalities.

“As we approach the Christmas and New Year holiday, please do your part by never driving while impaired or riding with an impaired driver,” the post says. “Obey the speed limit, avoid distractions while behind the wheel, and always ensure proper seat belt use for all vehicle occupants.”

LSP says Troopers and local law enforcement will be working to enforce the state’s seat belt and impaired driving laws through the holidays.

“While law enforcement will be on heightened patrol throughout the holiday period, the task of preventing crashes is a joint responsibility with the public,” the post says. “We must work together to change dangerous driving behavior and ensure a safe holiday for everyone.”

Read the full Facebook post below.