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Driving under the influence of legal drugs

When most people think about driving under the influence, the first thing that comes to mind is the use of alcohol or illegal drugs.

There's something else you need to know: You can be arrested for driving under the influence of legal drugs.

A Slidell man dies after being struck by an errant boat

A two car crash at the intersection of Pecan Street and State Highway 18 in St. James Parish claimed the life of a 49-year-old Slidell resident on Monday, Nov. 27.

The crash, which occurred just before 1 p.m., apparently resulted from another motorist's boat becoming detached from the vehicle that was towing it. When the two separated, the water vessel was pushed across the line separating opposing lanes of traffic where it collided with the decedent's car.

Dividing property in a divorce

One of the most emotional aspects of a divorce is deciding who, if anyone, will keep the house. Your home will have carried memories for years and perhaps even decades, so the decision is bound to be a sentimental one. The most important thing to remember is to keep calm in any big decision like this, and try not to let any arguments that arise get heated. You should try and focus on the concrete pros and cons of keeping the house as opposed to any emotions that you have attached to the idea of it.

What are my options in dividing the property?

What happens when child support goes unpaid in Louisiana

Getting divorced is like walking through a minefield. You think you've avoided one issue, and something else blows up instead. If you received custody of your children in your divorce or while your divorce is pending, you might feel like you missed a major potential problem. Unfortunately, it opens up the potential for a lot of other issues, like what happens when your spouse won't pay child support.

You have the daily responsibilities of caring for your child, as well as the expenses that come with it. Your ability to work could be restricted, leaving you dependent on child support to pay bills. When it doesn't come like it should, you may need to ask the courts to step in and help.

Marijuana charges for college students could end their education

Every year, more states take steps to legalize marijuana for both medicinal and recreational purposes. While Louisiana has legalized marijuana for medical purposes, the average college student doesn't have a real medical reason to smoke or otherwise ingest marijuana. For most college students, experimenting with marijuana is relatively harmless. Unfortunately, hundreds of teens and young adults in their early twenties get arrested for possession of marijuana.

Lax social attitudes about marijuana lead a lot of young people to think that smoking marijuana socially at college isn't going to be an issue. For those who get caught with it, however, there's real potential for criminal charges and penalties, as well as serious social and educational consequences for drug convictions.

Do you know the types of distracted driving?

Most people understand that distracted driving is not a safe thing, but many don't take the time to prevent this from turning into a major problem.

It's essential to become familiar with the three types of distracted driving, as this will go a long way in helping you avoid a serious issue on the road. Here is a breakdown of the three types:

  • Visual distraction. This is a common distraction and takes place when a person is not focused on the road.
  • Manual distractions. Anything that takes your hands away from the steering wheel can be considered a manual distraction.
  • Cognitive distraction. It's important that your mind is focused on the task at hand, nothing else. Any distraction that takes your mind away from driving fits into this category.

5-month old baby dies in alleged distracted driving crash

Some of the most tragic accidents that happen involve children. When most of these accidents are preventable, it is even more tragic. An accident occurred between Denham Springs and Walker that will forever be remembered by those involved, as well as those in the communities.

A 23-year-old woman surrendered herself to police in Denham Springs after learning that warrants were out for her for negligent homicide, reckless operation and negligent injuring. According to authorities, the woman was weaving in and out of traffic, texting and speeding in the moments before the crash. She was allegedly driving around 10 mph faster than the 65-mph speed limit when her pickup struck the victims' vehicle.

Here are the things you should never do after a car accident

The ubiquitousness of cars and modern forms of travel has made us take them for granted and almost blind to how unnatural and dangerous they actually can be. Everyone knows to take measures to stay safe on roadways, but most people drive irresponsibly, nevertheless, even via ""mild"" forms such as applying eyeliner quickly at a stoplight, or putting that spare packet of sugar in the glove compartment into your coffee while at a stop sign, if he or she even bothers to make a full stop. Despite how safe you may try to be personally, clearly, others can be cavalier to downright egregiously negligent.

With this in mind, you should do whatever it takes to remain safe on the road. For example, you never want to text and drive, drink and drive, or break the rules of the road.

A Bossier Parish crash claims the life of a 33-year-old woman

A 7:40 p.m. crash along Louisiana State Highway 157 claimed the life of a 33-year-old Plain Dealing woman the evening of Monday, Oct. 16.

Witnesses to the fatal crash reported initially having seen a Peterbilt log trailer traveling southbound down Highway 157, a short distance south of Highway 2, in the minutes proceeding the crash. Within moments, witnesses noted that they saw the driver of that empty 2015 tractor-trailer stop and place the truck in reverse. They noted that it appeared as if he were trying to back it up in the eastern direction of Grey Circle at the time.

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