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1-12-17 Scoot 3pm- Will higher rails improve Causeway safety?

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We have been talking about fake news which again is a term that is now being used to describe stuff it really isn't actually. Tactically fake news so we you know we we gotta be careful it's sometimes some of words and phrases just get. I've thrown around and then they lose they're there they're meeting and so we need to it was a while set the record straight on that. I if your hole stay with us who you're talking about a CNN and a fake news and I'd Donald Trump and now. Things were handled between Anderson Cooper and senior advisor to Donald Trump the president elect Eliot Conway last night on CN a big exchange we played that earlier. And in some ways they were talking about semantics. In. Both sides were trying to defend. Their point of view and not enough and I get that in and that's that's what we do but so often. People mistake. Fax four. Opinions. Anywhere I want to just a moment to thank for not as king cakes and eight cent beer I can take clashes in Italy this year and I I dove into this. This morning. They sent me you've heard all kinds of different feelings. This is the first time I had this when. A red velvet king cake. All I am G. It was also a source that can recognize that and the girls got her passing out their cookies now and they drops and cookies Arafat for me they short bread cookies. And I don't know whether this is new we're not. Girl Scouts mores cookies is that it is an in his fifth anyway they've got some more zone as well sort of like the Girl Scouts as well. We are gonna talk about the cause weight and got some it stinks to stats on the causeway. It's always been my. My curiosity. About the causeway do people. Drive more recklessly. Heading southbound and they do north found is that one of the reasons why there are more problems. For the southbound lane. We're gonna talk about all that in just a moment and here's are pretty general opinion poll do you trust the cause of the commission's assertion. The tolls must be raised to make the bridge safer. Give your opinion like going to our web sites WWL dot com but what really gets a couple of people who have been on hold denied James I got time for quick comment welcome thanks rang in on. Yeah it's cute and I'd just watching TV amazing ceremony the president that just toward Joseph Biden. These presidential medal of freedom that's not say it is easy to do absolute. You had a caller who was said that he'd be in favor of but Donald Trump standing. And Ian and the CNN reporter. You know scoop by refusing to halt on a reporter any particular reporter. That that pretty much is is a game. You know. Donald Trump is a pattern of standing news organizations he band aid number of them during the campaign some of them for over a year. Including of that list to get this Univision which is this latins or via Hispanic stations. Good news organization Politico. He also banned in the Washington Post. So for a number of months so he's got this this pattern a lot of people in the right look to stand it up to censor they look to prohibit. You know it's that by doing a reporter. That's he or news organizations that that's not add to meet that it's un American you know this is the is going to be the president. I hope he doesn't change any report that report it was a necessarily root he would be called. Well I recant that although he you don't call on everybody and presidential always make that says that that choice and you can always call her and everybody and it is there's a reporter that is more friendly to. There administration they're gonna tend to column that reporter whether or not that's right or wrong it's going to be human nature. Which you know it is also that the caller two or the united text. Where somebody talked about Sam Donaldson and Ronald Reagan at least at least Ronald Reagan called. On Sam Donaldson. If just one of the things students knew that you bitch in the fake news and fake news is that to deliberate attempt. To put out false information it's not a mistake. Yes and it's he seized on two to get attention and hit it quickly to get to to give clicks it it's just it's right up there is it's it's a hoax it's a whole new story. You know that the one of the largest purveyors of fake news recently has been from the right. Right Bart in and the guy who ran right barked it is now a senior advisor to. If executive in the trump will be in the trump presidency. In the end Alex Jones the crazy you know these people put out false since the nation's scoop and you know the new the new model of this. If it's the state news people say from the right that's. It would live in a different world now will we don't have to Peru. Would we put out there to the public is accurate don't know bill it is going to be up to you in the liberal media to prove. Would we put out is not true that's a new paradigm. James hitting it it is it's a thing that vote for newspapers had a low thresholds two years ago that there that it in general in the media in the last time I guess two decades. The the threshold for. Verifying his story has been rather low Tom got time for quick comment welcome. Kind of a thank you. Truck and replaced as head of the CIA but they were all mean cadre in the Shia or. About what trumpets and about the CIA and they won't even leak information rep construct in directly or perhaps worse structural. Withhold information that will be even more detrimental to his presidency. You see the CIA at the long memory that the part of American history and they supper pools poorly thank you. Tom I appreciate the call and from a town Adrian welcome to the show. Ideally you'd. Just one thing in my you'll remember. It ultra spent eight year. Talking about Obama's birth certificate. Held numerous news conferences. Or purported to be you know sort of been seeing information about where Obama actually from eat at you real birth certificate and state news. Yeah I'm glad you brought up again and I had a detention are clearly that is citizen truly a fake story sickness. I appreciate the call. And from dreaded days thanks rolls and on. Yeah actually changed but I doubt in your honor and a rush a little bit you know I I don't totally trust trump all really. But you know now everything's being called big news any conspiracy you can question. You know you can't question a Chia east that they should you can't questioned where Q and what I'm back in the global I would pat. And that to me that is not of the First Amendment so. I mean it's been co opt in now like he's there at a news umbrella statement it's for everything just like all right. Is the umbrella statement for everything by. Wanted to get your take credit connecting your your point on that you know obviously they're pushing for these protests around the country. And they have one plan for New Orleans next Friday at 3 o'clock to comply that. I think in my county at peace sign on poll bad they're gonna protest the trop inauguration. Next Friday what's your take on that you'd think. That it gonna take I think it going to be 3 o'clock nick writing in front of city hall and they're for it on the wired and patches of light to private he'd been. Talking point is the pork monument Trotter group which what I understand their tuned in and out the decision on that. Not I don't know how to read I think it's it's it's wrong to make that part of this conversation James. Look at the protestor peaceful that's fine there's nothing wrong with a peaceful protest and there will be protest in Washington DC. And there will be protests all around the country on inauguration day that is is okay as long as it's peaceful but you know don't. Don't look for reasons. To get angry or frustrated or venture anger don't look for an excuse to become violent. And justifying the violence because you're mad at the person who became president of the United States because. There were a lot of people who were upset to Barack Obama became president and nobody should support any kind of violent disruptive protest but protest don't have a problem with it. All right I do wanna talk about the causeway. We're gonna start talking about that when we come back I'm skewed in the afternoon under review well. So it's going to happen the tolls on the cause we're going out in May hand in the cutting get the impression that the public is gonna have some say so here but. I don't feel like the eye of the public and the users of the cause Waverly. Much of a say so here. The Jefferson Parish council has. Approved two of bonding capabilities for the cause we commissioned to move forward with plans to improve the safety of the bridge which sounds like a really good idea. I'm not so sure it's gonna make the bridge that much safer. There are about 50000 vehicles. That cross the bridge. Every day. In the context of that much traffic. There are few accidents. Obviously we should do all we can to make the British safe as possible. One of the problems with the the accidents is there were 178 crashes these are statistics of 2015. They were a 178 crashes. And a number of them started because. Somebody rear ended a vehicle or rerouted and the vehicle have a sewing and because of a disabled vehicle. There were 2100 breakdowns on the causeway in 2015 that's a lot of breakdowns. So you get a break on the causeway if you use the cause we're in a regular basis you know if they're suddenly of a breakdown there. You could have a problem so a lot of the accidents come from from that. Sixteen. Have gone over I think that's an in the history of the out of the causeway go well at least. At least since 197019841994. Iron there have been sixteen over boards. Vehicles going overboard on the causeway twelve overboard fatalities. Fifteen of the sixteen southbound. Fifteen of the sixteen suvs. Or pickup trucks. So what I find interesting is this idea that you raise. The southbound railing. I think it's six inches. It seems to me. That that's not going to guarantee any kind of safety. It may prevent some from going overboard but what I also found really interesting was in in looking back at the stories. The news media itself in general. Not talk about anybody in particular but in general the news media. Really fed the frenzy of almighty god it went overboard on the southbound lanes. This motorcycle. Rider who ended up in the lake. He crashed you've got a 116 miles an hour surveillance tech. His motorcycle they can go over the causeway that but he did. And I really didn't even hear. Talk about how was northbound. So the focus is definitely on on southbound. I've got some statistics here this is for 2016. Up until a July this year. There were 20% more accidents. Southbound. In northbound. And I was. I was actually looking for a pattern to see if people if if just in general people drive a little crazier going to the South Shore than the nor sure. There are 60% of the crashes in 2016. The statistics are just available up until like July. I'd 60% southbound 40% northbound but in 2015. 53%. South down 47%. Northbound. And in 2014 were actually more 58% north down and 42%. Southbound. I think the point is well we're we're trying to make the world 100% safe and we can't do that. And I get the feeling. Even though I respect the cosmic commission I get the feeling that there is an incentive. To keep going with more and more projects and baker projects and all that's fine but when he gets down to increasing the tolls Dan I think we have reason to be a little outraged or to really asked the question how much is this going to help. What is the what is the explanation going to be. When the rail on the southbound lane is raised. And somebody goes overboard. Because inevitably. That's going to happen to six inches is not going to it's likely to keep distracted drivers in bad drivers on the causeway. And if you are in a high profile vehicle you have a responsibility. In my opinion. To realize what you're driving at and where you war and in drive and act accordingly. I had issue vis and I've lived on the North Shore. And I looked down and I see where I am and I see the railing and I'm thinking OK you know I can be a little more careful a commander bill Charles your WWL. It good to hear your voice again. I have the pleasure of speaking. At the minute chance that the council meeting port Jefferson Parish yesterday. And it was almost mind boggling how this thing was gone through with those discussions. When the opportunity arose. The council members did not have one question. Counsel Robert says will create a viability and that was yet there was no discussion this was preordained. Before it even got to the council. On another issue you. We have studies. That showed that. Using the federal guidelines that the causeway is three times. Safer. Then Tim of that twelfth. Louisiana's statistics show that it is two point one times safer. Whether it's two point 13 point oh I think most people in charge of highways and bridges today would love to have those. Number and that was the great irony the causeway saying how safe they are and they're cardinal but we have to do we have to do this. Trying to make the causeway safer you know that's a wonderful thing but at what point do you say wait a minute it's not worth the money. Well and many people on kind of the tend to agree. Say the real reason is not safety because it's already safe enough. It's as long as the cause lay can keep the debt in the existence. Then the causeway you'll never be handled over to the state the way the originating legislation wasn't it was intended. So if they can perpetuate the debt they perpetuate their existence. And that's nice if you could create that kind of job security for yourself but they're doing it at the taxpayer expense and speaking of taxpayer expense. The cost to for all of us going back and forth over the causeway. It's four million dollars a year just in this state gasoline. Tax. That goes to the states and never comes back to help us not to find anything on the cause loss so we not only pay that tax for which would get zero that. We also have to pay the tolls would have affected. Carol I I've I appreciate the call are gonna get to a CBS news update here but we're coming right back with more here on hold stay with us. 50% of the vehicles that have gone overboard in the history of the causeway had happened in the last three years. What does that tell you I'm scoot him to be back on WL. It has been ten years since the passage of the Louisiana smoke free air act. And many are saying the state is healthier and they're smoking has gone down from 25 to about 21% of the population. I don't think any businesses have really gone out of business because of the smoking ban and there were a lot of people who were upset with that in New Orleans but there are still record guards in the French Quarter that a lot of bars and clubs. I you don't have to go outside to smoke you going to the courtyard so. You know what smoking's not good for you but as long as it's legal I think in some way smokers have been mistreated in this in this country. And this will be continuing topic we're gonna get to this so this afternoon but you know I love talking about all the places where we used to be smoke. Like on an airplane. A case like this row is. The beginning of the smoking section like you're all locked in this metal cylinder together so it's like it really matter. If they're smoking in the back of the plane. We're talking about the causeway at sixteen a vehicles are gone overboard since 199450%. Of the over boards have happened in the last three years. Which showed just tells me that there's a lot of distracted doing driving out there people not paying attention and I am a person linked. Against the idea that we need to spend this much money to raise the railing. A six inches if you think the causeway is so dangerous. Because the railing on the southbound lane is slow. Why did you get on the causeway. If he's so dangerous. They do you think that the the money needs to be spent Theresa why would you get on the console. If you wanna join us with your comment to our numbers 2601. A seventy. And text number is 87870. From Folsom Kenny your WW well good afternoon. Yeah I don't screw. It out more common costly blow people. Thank vacuum your is the more they wanna raise monitor the numbers of polls and I'll market. Well prepares you did put audience and achieve billboards of we'll put that program that helps Satan now what we need more turnarounds. Law say complains that she's glad that you could flipped our own caller yeah. All idiot that you breakdown of our. Yeah and and we just pointed out that there were and in 2015 of her doctor Tony 100 breakdowns. And 65 of the 178. Accidents where our rear end accidents because of a disabled vehicle up in front. That's correct quote that all the way epic awesome let's just lean years. And up symbols in March. And main problem is that slept. The mostly ago. I just almost damaged them out of money with tornadoes are. Viewed more O was also weighed all of virtual art sort. I did make a better argument for that they're raising the rails Gary appreciate the call and here's here's another question for those if you drive the causeway every day or are quite often. Do you set your speed control and drive the same speed war. Did you kind of know where the cops are and you slow down when you're close to the cops are and then went like you get over the over at the end of the draw bridge area to get past that first turn around did you speed up there. Do you adjust your driving based on where you think the cops are a Catherine here on Debbie WL. I. I. I. Use this time with. It. And the I only. Like. I. Use. Opt out. Why me 00. Are. The cut back car has not part. Or. The police could be caught and I'll be eating. That. Yeah. So you've you've you've called it enough time for the police officer had to be alerted and they don't stock car that you're complaining about. I. The complaint. That. It. Caught. Up happily. Quick call and pat pat how are actually. When the lights on. Where the flashing lights on. Clearly you know what if here like I know this is unpopular statement to as much as I support the police if you're police officer and you're not call. And your lights aren't on you're not responding to a call he should be driving the speed limit here. Light air I jacket and I. You're. They like it at that. Oh. And police report out. She. Had. I. I appreciate I appreciate the call and a drive carefully and by the way we should be able to criticize some things that the police do without being labeled cop haters. And the idea driving the speed limit I mean if you're sworn to uphold the law then when you're off duty when you're going home you don't follow the law. That's that's a terrible example to. Two people around you. If you or else they would decide scuba coming right back aboard your comments. On this day this has got to be fake news. On Tuesday January 12 1995 Snoop Dogg was arrested in Los Angeles for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. I've come on and can't teach a row. We'll be right back and have a bureau. On our pop culture calendar it was on this day in 2012. I'm sorry was on this day January the twelfth in 1965. I knew dance show hullabaloo. Premiere on TV. Is on NBC. Disband the new Christy missiles. Was among the first performers. Can imagine dancing to this. Mean he's a bit these this this is kind of I guess a folk. Hippie kind of and a new Christy Michelin meant to be he Woody Allen was one of the gas but some of you may remember hullabaloo. Up from Covington Conrad you're on WWL. There are taken and what couldn't talk and thanks to Clark dropped because word pretty regularly. Wouldn't oh I am thing that. Can. Usually draw. And glamour for. The car or crop the calls play in the morning and when it. You know. Nice to. Were about seven and now and I'll. By previous caller. The group third. Great. Why. And I. Does it on the well there and Mountain View. About as we but I got a text here that says cops deserve a Parker too although I'm. The last person that would ever say give cops a free reign I do think they deserve to speed a little. When they do it safely and get home to their families at night or something and I I'd I disagree with that because it's not so much of the speeding it's that. They are breaking. The law and everybody sees the break the law and that tends to break down the relationship between law enforcement and society. Or. A Conrad I appreciate the comment ledger listening to and from Morgan City Donnie welcome to the show. Hi I heard. But. Sure. Bet that. War. Yeah. Old. Oh. I. Pretty. Do you see so much. Are. You. Well maybe not today but I understand the point you're making and Donny is say it's it's it's a good point I mean that the causeway is safe. The question is how much do we spend to make the world safer. And this whole idea of constantly doing things to make the world safe for. You know we're going to in ball four eventually evolve into a species that doesn't have any survival instinct. That over time if everything is made safe for us we are gonna become an animal in the animal kingdom. That has no survival natural survival instinct left. It's going to be taken promise because we didn't need to use it. There's a survival instinct that kicks in when you get on the costly. And we you're on the North Shore heading to the South Shore you see where that railing has it you're in a truck or fewer and SUV if you can't look down. And see where the railing is compared to where you are. And figure out how you have to adjust your driving to that because of the possibility of going overboard. Then you shouldn't be behind the wheel of a car. And there seems to be an incentive to perpetuate. Projects with the causeway. To perpetuates. The jobs that are really pretty much inside. Inside jobs I mean not not everybody gets those those jobs. Look I respect so much about the causeway and I respect so much about the cause a police and only do how ever. I disagree with this big push to spend this money and raise the tolls for you from three dollars to five dollars. To pay for this are railing improvement now if they were just talking about turn around source safety lanes. That's different but the big push has been for the railings and boy every time there's an accident they let you know it's a southbound accident if it goes overboard. But at the sixteen overboard since 199450%. Of happened in the last three years that tells me a lot about how much it's about drivers today. You saw from Lady Gaga being on the charts. Million reasons. I'm scoots and will be back on WWL. He answered every Saturday morning. At nine. It's a shame that the public didn't have more say so in a raising the that's holes on the causeway. And and you know what you really should do a furiously Tammany. You need to make note. Of the vote. And come election time. Hold. The council members accountable. Because what happens is people tend to forget and this is hidden far away from the election and people forget that I mean. It in some ways it just seems like it was a railroad job. This is just one of the reasons why I lost his audience. This text says sticks the causeway. And make Mexico pay for sports artist coming up next at Bobby a beer and the ability which road team has the best chance of winning in the NFL divisional playoffs this weekend I personally hope it Seattle. In Atlanta. Against the falcons. I'll be watching tours were circus coming up next we're affected Diane Neumann RW will program director Thomas is our assistant program director and John wick. 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