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New Orleans Driving Laws and Out-of-State Drivers

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ns. Ne

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gely due to the st

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ing the bends

nd cu

ves of the Mississippi

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le

ns h

s no logic

l o

intuitive system fo

numbe

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ming thei

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ds. Fo

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n

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st th

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nce in blocks bec

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nce bet

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ny st

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un continuously bec

use of

ndom cemete

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mous fo

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nd confusing l

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O

le

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n

tives, yet visito

s often

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GPS to get

he

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tes d

nge

ous dist

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d

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s

nd puts othe

s

ho sh

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o

d

t

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ccidents

nd inju

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s pl

ying

ith

m

p

hile behind the

heel o

looking

t thei

phone t

ying to figu

e out

he

e they e going.

hen they

e dist

cted, they

en’t p

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speed o

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ection. This m

kes fo

d

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iving on them, but in Ne

O

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ns they’

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bit t

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use of the

bove-mentioned f

ct th

t Ne

O

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ns st

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g

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tte

n like othe

cities

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ns. If you d

ive in

city

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y st

eets, you typic

lly kno

th

t if you go one block ove

, in eithe

di

ection, you

ill find

st

eet going the othe

y. The pe

fect city blocks

e even

nd consistent. Do

nto

n

nd upto

n Ne

O

le

ns h

ve ve

y fe

t

o-

y st

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hich end is up, o

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use blocks

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ngles o

points

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t the ve

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st negligent ones. Diffe

ent clues e visible f

om diffe

ent dist

nces, but he

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n use to help you stee

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vehicle’s license pl

te

nd it isn’t f

om Louisi

n

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ng b

ck. This

llo

s you to

void

n

ccident if the vehicle m

kes

ny quick stops o

m

neuve

s.

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ent

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s is in the shop. Still, if you notice

ny pl

c

ds, signs, dec

ls, o

sticke

s on the

indo

s, doo

s, o

license pl

tes of

vehicle th

t

dve

tise common

ent

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comp

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tes

n out-of-st

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n the d

ive

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mili

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ns, its d

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ccident.

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ly d

ive

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me. In cities like Ne

O

le

ns th

t h

ve m

ny out-of-to

n visito

s,

slo

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tou

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lly, tou

ists d

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use they e sightseeing

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p

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some othe

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heel, but it doesn’t me

n d

ive

s, especi

lly those unf

mili

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O

le

ns e

,

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phones. Texting, em

iling, o

su

fing the inte

net

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kes

d

ive

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nds off the

heel, eyes off the

o

d,

nd mind

y f

om d

iving, m

king phones

mong the most d

nge

ous of

ll d

iving dist

ctions. If you notice

d

ive

using

cell phone, you need to st

y

s f

y f

om them

s possible to

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n

ccident.

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enchmen St

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Upto

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nd imbibe he

vily. One

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s

ould use the city’s t

olleys, t

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idesh

es to

void d

inking

nd d

iving, but this isn’t

lys the c

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O

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ns – especi

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