Too often, NOPD officers put their lives at risk while working traffic accidents at night on the I10 and 610 without working strobe lights a top their patrol vehicles or road flares to warn approaching motorist. While many have read about the two traffic fatalities our city suffered last night (5-16-14), what most are not aware of is that an NOPD officer working the accident on the 610 was almost struck last night by a passing vehicle. As is VERY often the case... there were not enough police officers to properly divert traffic on the 610 (due to the manpower shortage) or road flares to deploy.
While we may not be able to help with the NOPD manpower and equipment failure issues... we certainly can help save officers lives by buying some inexpensive road flares. Each case contains 36 flares, and will hopefully last until the NOPD can buy more for themselves. If we fall short of our $1200 goal, I will buy what I can with the money we raise.
As Project NOLA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, your generous donation may be tax deductible.