So why are troopers facing the opposite direction with emergency lights activated?

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Hint, is has nothing to do with tickets.

FILE – This Sept. 25, 2020, file photo, shows a Louisiana State Police vehicle in Louisiana. New court filings show Louisiana State Police troopers joked in a group text about beating a Black man after a high-speed chase last year, saying the beating would give the man “nightmares for a long time.” The May 2020 arrest of Antonio Harris bears strong resemblance to the State Police pursuit a year earlier that ended in the still-unexplained death of Ronald Greene. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Have you ever wondered why you will sometimes see a Louisiana State Police Trooper facing the opposite direction with emergency lights activated?

You may have seen one on the interstate in the past and LSP is filling us in on why they are doing this.

So it has nothing to do with handing out tickets? It does not and here is the explanation from the Louisiana State Police.

“This is a technique used to warn motorists of slowed or stopped traffic ahead, which is called a traffic queue. By giving advanced warning to motorists, they are able to slow their speed to react to the traffic congestion ahead.”

You may also see an LSP Trooper doing this prior to a construction zone.

If you see a trooper with their lights on like this, it means slow down.

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