Patrol Deputies Increase DWI Enforcement Efforts
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre is reminding all residents to use caution and be responsible during the upcoming Independence Day holiday and weekend. Over the next several days, we know many of our parish residents will be barbecuing, traveling, popping fireworks, or heading out on the water for fishing and recreation, said Sheriff Webre. While we hope everyone enjoys the holiday, we want to remind everyone to do so responsibly.
Sheriff Craig Webre is also reminding parents about some common sense tips about fireworks. According to Parish ordinance, fireworks are currently allowed to be sold and discharged each day through Friday, July 5 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on July 3 and 4, they are allowed from 9 a.m. until midnight. It is illegal for anyone under the age of 10, or anyone who is intoxicated or impaired, to purchase fireworks. All fireworks vendors must be permitted with the parish, and deputies are traveling throughout the parish ensuring all vendors are properly licensed. Any vendor found not to have a valid parish license will have their operations shut down until they obtain proper licensing.
With regard to the use of fireworks, parish ordinance prohibits the use of fireworks within 1,000 feet of a church, hospital or public school. It is also unlawful to discharge fireworks from or into a motor vehicle or within 75 feet of a place where fireworks are sold or stored. Sheriff Webre urges parents to follow the following guidelines for a safe Fourth of July:
– Designate one person to organize and light fireworks for your family.
– Read warning labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
– Ignite any fireworks outdoors and with a bucket of water nearby.
– Do not consume alcohol prior to handling fireworks.
– Teenagers should only use fireworks under adult supervision.
– Young children should never handle fireworks. Sparklers should ONLY be utilized with adult supervision.
– Never attempt to relight a dud. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
– Soak spent fireworks with water before placing them in an outdoor garbage can.
– Never attempt to alter or modify fireworks. Use them only in the manner in which they were intended.
In addition to fireworks safety, Sheriff Webre is also stressing safety on our waterways. LPSO Water Patrol deputies will be patrolling the waters around the parish conducting safety checks on vessels to ensure their next call is not a response to a tragedy. Boats should have proper lighting, fire extinguishers and personal floatation devices for each person on board. Boaters are also reminded that impaired driving laws apply not only to motor vehicles, but to watercraft as well.
Patrol deputies are also being proactive when it comes to DWI enforcement for this upcoming holiday weekend. Captain J.P. deGravelles, Commander of the Patrol Division, has released a list of names of those with active contempt of court arrest warrants stemming from DWI-related charges.
“It is our hope that by releasing this list to the public, we will have greater success in locating these offenders,” said Captain deGravelles. “Anyone with a previous DWI charge who’s failed to show up in court to answer for those charges could be likely to repeat their offense. Our intention is to send a strong reminder to those individuals that there are consequences to drinking and driving. In some cases, for those who cannot pay their fine or bond, they may end up spending the holiday behind bars. Either way, our intention is to keep our highways safe for our citizens.”
Emphasis on DWI enforcement will continue past the holiday weekend. Over the next several weeks, Lafourche Parish citizens can expect to see increased patrols and additional checkpoints. In fact, DWI and seat belt checkpoints have been scheduled for mid-July.
Similarly, efforts to publicly acknowledge wanted persons in Lafourche will continue over the next several months, with emphasis on specific crimes. Just as with the DWI-related effort, the goal is to reduce instances of a specific crime by ensuring those responsible for crimes are held fully responsible. Anyone whose name appears on the “WANTED LIST” should turn themselves in at the Lafourche Parish Detention Center or the South Lafourche Sub-Station, or make arrangements to turn themselves in by calling (985) 532-2808 to speak to a deputy. A current database of all active warrants can be found on our website.
Citizens can also anonymously submit the location of any fugitive via Bayou Region Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-743-7433 or by texting “GIVEATIP” plus your message to 274637. Tips can also be submitted using the TipSubmit Mobile application, online at www.crimestoppersbr.org or via the “Submit a Tip” tab on the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office official Facebook Page. Please note, however, that tipsters are only eligible for cash rewards when information leads to a felony arrest.