LPSO Recognized for DWI Efforts for Sixth Straight Year

Sheriff Craig Webre announced the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office has been recognized for its outstanding efforts in DWI enforcement for the sixth straight year. On Tuesday, the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission presented an award to Sheriff Craig Webre, as well as Detective Joseph Anderson for his individual efforts, in keeping impaired drivers off the roads and highways around Lafourche Parish.
 
The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division was recognized for their efforts at the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission’s annual awards ceremony on Tuesday, March 18 in Baton Rouge. In 2013, patrol deputies made 430 DWI arrests in Lafourche – the highest number of arrests for any Sheriff’s Office in a parish with a population of 50,000 to 99,000. Detective Joseph Anderson made 51 of those arrests prior to being transferred to the Criminal Investigations Division, and for the second straight year, he was recognized by the commission for the highest number in the same parish population category. Detective Anderson will also receive the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office Blue Max Award given annually to the deputy who makes the most DWI arrests.
 
“Congratulations to Detective Anderson and our entire Patrol Division on their outstanding efforts in 2013,” said Sheriff Webre. “It is an honor to be recognized by the commission for a sixth time, but I believe it’s more important to understand the message behind these awards. When it comes to impaired driving in Lafourche Parish, there are no excuses and there is no refusal.”
 
Since October 2010, Lafourche Parish has been operating under the “no refusal” policy for blood-alcohol testing. If a suspected impaired driver refuses to submit to a breathalyzer test, a deputy requests a warrant to have the driver’s blood tested. Additionally, the motorist who refuses to submit to testing loses their license for one year on a first offense or two years for a second offense. Anyone convicted of a DWI offense while their driver’s license is suspended because of another DWI offense faces automatic prison time.
 
Captain J.P. deGravelles, Commander of the LPSO Patrol Division, applauded the efforts of his staff. “I am privileged to work with such a dedicated group of public servants who truly care about public safety,” said Captain deGravelles. “Our deputies understand that an impaired driver can be just as deadly as a criminal with a lethal weapon, and they embrace their role to help keep our roadways safe. We will continue to improve on our tactics to help spot impaired drivers and remove them from the highways, and we encourage the public to report reckless driving to us immediately.”
 
The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission works year-round to support enforcement and education programs related to DWI and other problem driving behaviors. A total of 13 law enforcement officers and 16 agencies were recognized at Tuesday’s awards ceremony, which marked the sixth year the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission has honored those who commit to keeping impaired drivers off the roads. The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office has been recognized as the top agency in its respective population category in each of those six years.   
 
Driving while intoxicated is a serious problem in Louisiana and across the nation, and leads to a large number of fatalities each year. In 2013, 671 people were killed automobile crashes in Louisiana with around 36% involved in alcohol-related incidents. Twenty-four (24) of those fatalities occurred in Lafourche Parish, and 11 were alcohol-related.

LPSO Recognized for DWI Efforts for Sixth Straight Year

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