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New Year’s Eve Safety Tips Offered by Attorney General Jeff Landry

BATON ROUGE, LA – Next week, we will celebrate the start of a new year; and Attorney General Jeff Landry is reminding Louisiana citizens to follow the law and make safety a priority as they revel in the occasion. 

“As Louisiana embraces the excitement of a new year, I encourage all to put safety first during celebrations,” said General Landry. “Whether you are attending a gathering or setting off fireworks at home, please do your part to ensure 2018 starts off on a positive note.”

General Landry offers the following tips to help avoid injury and celebrate safely:

  • If you see something, say something. Report drunk drivers immediately by calling 911 or *LSP. 
  • If you plan on consuming alcohol, designate a sober driver ahead of time.
  • Never let a friend or family member drive drunk. Take his or her car keys.
  • If intoxicated, do not drive for any reason. Call an Uber, taxi, or a sober friend or relative for a ride home.
  • If you are driving, stay focused on the road and be aware of other drivers – especially those who may be drunk. 
  • Follow the speed limit, wear your seatbelt, and make sure everyone in the car is wearing theirs too. 
  • Only use fireworks if they are legal in the area and do not allow children to play with them.
  • Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight one that did not go off after ignition.
  • When lighting fireworks, keep a hose or bucket of water handy in case of a malfunction or fire.
  • Never point fireworks toward people, animals, vehicles, houses, or flammable materials.


Coming soon, the attorney's general office seeks to provide a mechanism by which to take online payments for collections.