Sheriff Craig Webre announced deputies will conduct a DWI checkpoint beginning Friday, September 23 which will continue into the early morning hours of the following day. 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.
A total of 443 vehicles passed through the last DWI checkpoint which took place Friday, September 16 in the 500 block of LA Highway 20 in Thibodaux. During the checkpoint, deputies reported the following violations: 4 expired motor vehicle inspection stickers, two seat belt violations, 1 driving with no insurance, 1 driving under suspension, and 1 possession of drug paraphernalia.