Sheriff Craig Webre announced the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office will conduct a Seat Belt Checkpoint during the daylight hours of Wednesday, October 1. Deputies will be checking vehicle occupants for proper safety protection including seat belts and child safety seats. They will also be checking for other violations such as expired inspections tags. Wednesday's checkpoint marks the first in a year-long campaign of weekly checkpoints designed to raise awareness for these types of violations and make the highways of Lafourche Parish safer for all motorists.
Sheriff Craig Webre said this year-long is not designed for the sole purpose of punishing violators but to bring awareness to motorists about these violations, and bring everyone into compliance. Sheriff Webre said failure to use a seat belt or utilize proper equipment can be just as fatal of a mistake as driving under the influence of alcohol.
Last week's Highway Safety Checkpoint marked the end of a similar year-long effort which included at least four safety checkpoints each month. The checkpoint was held Thursday morning along the northbound and southbound lanes of Laurel Valley Road in Thibodaux. A total of 252 vehicles passed through the checkpoint, and deputies reported NO VIOLATIONS for seat belt use or child safety seats. Deputies did, however, report the following violations: five (5) expired inspection stickers, one (1) license plate light violation, and one (1) window tint violation.
Sheriff Webre is reminding drivers that seat belts are the most effective safety feature ever invented and have helped save thousands of lives. Per Louisiana State law (R.S. 32:295.1), upon conviction of the first offense, the driver faces a $25.00 fine including court costs, and any subsequent conviction carries a $50.00 fine including court costs.