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Old 04-23-2009, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, La
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Thing is, though, I've been on 190 a lot of times. Even got a ticket there, but I was speeding through Port Barre at 11:30 at night, so I was hardly innocent You just make sure to be extra careful in Livonia, Port Barre, and Krotz Springs - it's not like their speed limits are 25-30 mph like they are in places like Bunkie and Waterproof. The alternative (I-10 aka "swamp freeway") means you'll have eager cops waiting for you at mile markers 118 or 136 (the beginning and end of the elevated portions). And the possibility of a wreck which leaves you stuck on the interstate out in the middle of nowhere. And a route that is about 20 miles more than US 190.

Moral of the story is that what happened isn't just Louisiana. And Louisiana shouldn't be treated as this scary place to be avoided, with out of staters going 69 mph on the interstate to avoid imprisonment.
you can actually go quite a bit over the limit from Lafayette to Duson and cops really dont patrol it much. Once you get to duson though I can personally attest that the cops there are bored and want your money.
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Old 08-28-2009, 08:52 PM
 
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I got a ticket in Port Barre going 9 miles over limit...with cars beside me passing me. Why did they stop me? B/C it is a speed trap.
I tell everyone! Slow down in Port Barre, LA and Livonia, LA and any small town on Hwy 190 between Baton Rouge and Opelousas. Don't spend patronize businesses in the small towns on Hwy 190......if they make money off us, we don't spend money in their town!
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Old 08-29-2009, 01:39 PM
 
Location: City of Central
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Stay on I-20 . Keep it simple .
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Old 11-18-2009, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Louisiana
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Be very careful on I-10 from Lafayette to Lake Charles. The cops from Welsh seem to stay on interstate from 5 miles one way or the other. Between the prescription drugs (from doctor shopping)being brought in from Texas and the serial murders in Jennings (8 dead women in 5 years) the cops are out in force.
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Old 06-13-2011, 06:03 PM
 
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Hello I am Rayne Gordon And I wanted To know If You were in Colorado, If so Please Give me a call at 720-620-4774 to talk about traveling please and thank you
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Old 02-02-2014, 04:01 AM
 
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Default First time driving in La, first time driving in USA

It seems like there is some wonderful advice in this thread, all of which has been insightful. Maybe you could share your wisdom with me?

I will be driving from NO to Eunice in a rental car. I have never driven in the US and have been trying to find advice on codes/rules/best routes but keep ending up with adverts for drivers' Ed! I am concerned about unwittingly doing something wrong and being pulled over. Any advice very welcome... Thank you.
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Old 02-02-2014, 07:35 AM
 
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Janna, go on to the DMV (Dept. of Motor Vehicles) sites for the states you'll be driving through. You can download and read through each state's rules.

This site might help also: Foreign Visitors Driving in the U.S. | USA.gov .

It's primarily common sense. If you're from the UK just remember to drive on the right.
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Old 02-02-2014, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Denver
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Don't speed.
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Old 02-02-2014, 12:54 PM
 
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A few short years ago, the local law enforcement folks in E. Texas were stopping out-of-state / out-of-towners to supposedly look for drug traffickers who were carrying large amounts of cash. They were confiscating the cash on the premise that the person to whom the cash belonged to had to "prove" the large amounts weren't for illicit purposes and it became quite a big deal among ACLU. I think the practice has been curtailed ... not sure but below is a news article from not long ago which gives an overview of the situation. It seemed that a majority of the motorists they stopped were Af. American FWIW.

Personally I'd be careful and just observe good driving habits while on the road. I'll also add that once you cross the stateline heading West to Dallas from Shreveport, the Waskom PD / Constable's do check for speeders and are pretty aggressive at giving out tickets... I've seen them out in the wee hours too. So be careful.

Highway robbery? Texas police seize black motorists' cash, cars - chicagotribune.com
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Old 02-03-2014, 01:02 AM
 
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Thanks everyone! I won't have bags of cash so should be ok! I am from Hong Kong and we drive on the left so roundabouts will be a bit of a challenge... Thank you all again a,
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