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Epiphany marks the start of the Mardi Gras season in Louisiana

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January 6 is known as the Feast of the Epiphany, or alternatively, Three Kings’ Day, all over the world. It marks the end of the 12 days of Christmas. But down here in South Louisiana, January 6 is an important date for another reason.

It’s the kickoff for the annual Carnival season that culminates this year on March 1, Fat Tuesday. After last year’s mandate against parades and public gatherings, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell has given the thumbs-up to Mardi Gras in the Crescent City.

Heavy drinking is a hallmark of many celebrations

While Mardi Gras winter tourism adds a much-needed financial shot in the arm to our perennially cash-strapped state, some of that revelry inevitably contributes to incidents of intoxicated driving. In the past few years, there have been incidents of drunken driving that resulted in catastrophic injuries and wrongful death to innocent victims.

Mardi Gras is a dangerous season

According to a past director of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (LHSC), Mardi Gras has earned the negative designation as one of the state’s deadliest holiday periods. The attitude of “laissez les bon temps rouler” should not be applied as a license to kill when intoxicated Carnival guests and participants make the choice to drive after partying too hard.

Seek civil justice when injured by drunken revelers

If you have the misfortune of getting into a car accident with a drunk driver this Carnival season, you have a path to civil justice. Filing a personal injury claim for damages is the first step to take when seeking reparations for the injuries, losses, and other damages you suffered.  Call the Baton Rouge motor vehicle accident attorneys at Joubert Law Firm at (225) 777-8853 or contact us online for a free initial consultation regarding your case.

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