LCPD: Instant text alerts helping motorists avoid delays
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Traffic on eastbound side of the I-10 Bridge was bumper to bumper and at times at a standstill Monday morning. With one lane closed due to routine maintenance by D.O.T.D. and a fender bender -- traffic was backed up for miles.
If you are subscribed to the Lake Charles Police Nixle Alert -- you already knew that. It's a tool LCPD and Louisiana State Police have been using for a little over year to send out instant message alerts through text and email.
"Anything from construction going on the highways to accidents, areas to avoid and so forth and so on. And it's totally free," explained Lake Charles Police Chief Don Dixon.
Chief Dixon said in addition to telling motorists how long to avoid the areas, the Nixle alerts also tell people about other emergencies.
"It also will tell you if we have an armed robbery of a certain location, which will hopefully tell people to stay away from that location," said Dixon.
If this interests you, it's easy to subscribe. You can either do it by cell phone by texting 888-777 or by logging on to nixle.com and typing in your information. It will even let you specify when you want to receive the alerts.
"If you don't want them between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to not interrupt your sleep - we understand. But it's a good thing to have when you wake up in the morning to see a text that there's been a wreck on 210," said Chief Dixon.
LCPD has nearly 4,000 followers and counting. Dixon said it's just another resource to help both the department manage traffic and motorists detour around the problem areas.
"It's information. It really will save you some time and it's not big brother watching... It's just big brother trying to help you out and give you information," said Dixon.
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