NELA Highway Safety

Highway Safety Partner since 2015

The Northeast Louisiana Highway Safety Partnership (NELA HSP) is a traffic safety coalition comprised of multidisciplinary partners/agencies throughout the parishes of Caldwell, East Carroll, Jackson, Franklin, Lincoln, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, Tensas, Union, and West Carroll.

Tasked with the implementation of the regional version of the LA Strategic Highway Safety Plan, NELA Highway Safety Partnership Plan, the partnership is a dedicated team of partners charged with implementing highway safety projects and programs across the Northeast Region to reduce fatalities and serious injuries in the region by 50% by 2030.

The 4-E Approach

Utilizing the 4-E Approach (Education, Engineering, Enforcement, and Emergency Medical Services), our Northeast Regional Safety Coalition partners work together to analyze data, identify stratedgies, prioritize resources, and implement data-driven action steps from our emphasis areas. Our partners include, but are not limited to, the following organizations:

  • Federal Highway Administration
  • Louisiana DOTD
  • Louisiana State Police (LSP)
  • Monroe MPO and other Louisiana Metropolitan Planning Organizations
  • LSU Center for Analytics & Research in Transportation Safety (CARTS)
  • Louisiana Transportation Research Center
  • Destination Zero Deaths (DZD)
Our four emphasis areas are:
  1. Distracted Driving
  2. Impaired Driving
  3. Infrastructure & Operations
  4. Occupant Protection
How You Can Help

The NELA Regional Safety Coalition holds quarterly meetings in February, May, August, and November. We also have emphasis area focus group meetings that are scheduled throughout the year for those that are interested in working on a specific area of highway safety. Please contact Susan Mitchell if you would like to join our coalition or want more information. 

Susan Mitchell

Susan Mitchell

Regional Transportation Safety Coordinator

Contact Susan at or call her at (318) 538-1364.

Safety Fact


Fatalities in Louisiana last year (2023). Of those, 68 fatalities took place in Northeast Louisiana.


Buckle Up, Phone Down

Buckle Up, Phone Down (BUPD) is a statewide initiative, started by the Missouri Department of Transportation, to encourage drivers to buckle up and put their phone down while driving.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development partnered with Destination Zero Deaths, Louisiana State Police, Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (LHSC), AAA, and Louisiana Passenger Safety Task Force (LPSTF) to encourage drivers to participate in BUPD 2023. The partnership will launch a BUPD campaign in 2024. Stay tuned, and buckle and put the phone down!

Contact Us

3000 Kilpatrick Blvd.

Monroe, LA 71201


Phone: (318) 387-2572