25 Jan Staying Safe During Mardi Gras
New Orleans is known around the world for Mardi Gras. Locals and tourists alike take to the streets to celebrate this unique tradition. However, Mardi Gras safety should always come first. Here are some tips to make sure that your experience is fun, safe, and positive!
Don’t Drink and Drive
Unfortunately, many drivers get behind the wheel after drinking. As a result, Mardi Gras is known as the deadliest holiday in Louisiana. In 2010, there were 509 fatal and injury crashes during Mardi Gras. It has become so out of hand that officials have taken note. Officers are stepping up patrols and have increased DWI enforcement throughout this period. If you’re not sober, you could end up in serious trouble. First-time offenders could end up paying up to $1,000 in fines and even sentenced to jail. Repeat offenders can face even more serious punishments.
Look Before Crossing
There is no shortage of beads at Mardi Gras. Don’t risk your life by rushing out in the middle of the parade route to grab free beads. Believe us: there will be plenty of throws to go around for all of you.
By traveling in packs and sticking together, you can avoid dangers such as muggings or getting lost. Always plan for a meeting spot to go to if you get lost. This way, even if the worst happens, your group will know where to find you.
Front Pockets Only
There are pickpockets waiting to prey on tourists and locals alike during Mardi Gras. Make sure you put your wallets and phones in your front pockets. You stand a better chance with your phone there at all times. If you aren’t too embarrassed to wear one, then a fanny pack is a great accessory to have!
Obey the Law
The police force is stretched thin during Mardi Gras. Crowd control is the primary concern. If police officers ask you to do something, don’t argue and follow their instructions.
Between all the fun and excitement to be had during Mardi Gras, there are always mishaps and injuries. Last year during Endymion, a drunk driver plowed into a crowd of parade goers. The year before, a young girl was driving home and disappeared only to be pronounced dead several days later. Mardi Gras safety should be your first priority, and here at AWS, we want to make sure that you stay safe during the magical carnival season. We know that some accidents are unavoidable, so we recommend you speak to one of our experienced insurance agents today!