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Louisiana enforces I-20 detour with over 200 trucker citations

A Louisiana crackdown on commercial truck drivers has led to over 200 warnings and citations for ignoring an I-20 construction detour. Starting December 21, big rigs were instructed to avoid the interstate through Bossier City, due to construction-related safety risks, including narrow bridges challenging for large vehicles.

Enforcement spike: State police intensified enforcement efforts, aiming to ensure traffic safety and flow around the construction area. Violations could involve failing to obey signage directives as mandated by LRS 32:237.

Recent disruptions: Despite repeated warnings, some truckers have continued using this segment of I-20, leading to significant traffic issues:

  • Just two days prior, a semi crash at the Old Minden Road exit closed westbound lanes for hours.
  • An 18-wheeler got wedged in the construction zone, stopping traffic for an extended period.
  • Another truck turnover on eastbound I-20 at Airline Drive caused a major backup, redirecting traffic to Arline Drive.

State police message: Trooper LeAnn Hodges of Troop G emphasized the importance of compliance for roadway safety and efficiency. She reminded drivers to stay alert and respect all traffic regulations and signs.

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