State Police making impact on Highway 21

Published 9:15 am Monday, August 17, 2015

It seems the Louisiana State Police have taken a rather keen interest in Washington Parish — especially Bogalusa — as of late.

State Police Troopers stopped at least two motorists on Louisiana Highway 21 on Thursday. One highway stop was in the morning hours while the other came during late afternoon.

Whatever the reason the State Police has for closely patrolling Bogalusa is a good thing. Those stops were seen by many people and got them to thinking. The traffic stops definitely put everyone on notice to slow down and obey all traffic laws.

Troop L is based in Mandeville. Troop L covers St. Tammany, St. Helena, Tangipahoa and Washington parishes.

Bogalusa Police Chief Joe Culpepper said troopers go where they are needed most.

“As staffing allows, the State Police work up here. They usually work where there are a lot more wrecks,” Culpepper said. “St. Tammany and Tangipahoa parishes have the interstates as well.”

As we all know, Highway 21 can be a hazardous road at times.

It was just refreshing to see troopers make a small impact on driving safety Thursday.

Speed limits are posted for a reason, and obeying them will make the roads safer for everyone.