Sheriff Craig Webre announced deputies will conduct multiple checkpoints this week in an effort to keep highways safe around the Thanksgiving holiday. A seat belt checkpoint will be conducted during the daylight hours of Wednesday, November 25, as well as on Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, November 26. Another Seat Belt checkpoint will be conducted during the evening of Friday, November 27, and a DWI checkpoint will begin Friday night, and continue into the early morning hours of Saturday, November 28.
During the seat belt checkpoints, deputies will be checking motorists for seat belt and safety seat violations, as well as other violations such as expired inspection tags. During the DWI checkpoint, deputies will be looking for drivers who are possibly impaired while checking for other traffic safety issues.
Sheriff Webre reminds citizens to designate a driver if you are going to drink. Motorists suspected of DWI who refuse to submit to a breathalyzer test will lose their driver’s license for one year (first offense). For a second offense, the penalty increases to two years. Anyone convicted of a DWI offense while their driver’s license is suspended because of another DWI offense will face automatic prison time. Lafourche Parish is also a “No Refusal” parish, meaning if a suspected drunk driver refuses a breathalyzer test, deputies will seek a search warrant to have that person’s blood tested.