Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a DWI checkpoint is slated for Wednesday night, July 4 in the northern part of Lafourche parish. Deputies will be looking for drivers who are possibly impaired and checking for other traffic safety issues including proper seat belt usage.
The last DWI checkpoint held in Lafourche was held beginning on Saturday March 31 through Sunday April 1, 2012, on LA Highway 1 in Mathews. A total of 234 vehicles passed through the checkpoint. As a result of the checkpoint, deputies made one DWI arrest and issued 8 citations including 4 for open containers, 2 for insurance violations (with removal of license plate), one for expired drivers license, and one for an expired inspection tag.
Motorists suspected of DWI who refuse to submit to a breathalyzer test will lose their drivers license for one year (first offense). For a second offense, the penalty increases to two years. Anyone convicted of a DWI offense while their drivers license is suspended because of another DWI offense will face automatic prison time. Lafourche Parish is also a no refusal all the time parish, meaning if a suspected drunk driver refuses a breathalyzer test, deputies will seek a search warrant to have that persons blood tested.