Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced deputies will be conducting a DWI checkpoint in the southern part of Lafourche Parish beginning on Saturday night, December 29, 2012, and continuing into the early morning hours of Sunday, December 30. Deputies will be looking for drivers who are possibly impaired and checking for other traffic safety issues including proper seat belt usage.
In addition to the checkpoint, the entire parish will be saturated with patrol units as deputies target impaired drivers.
Motorists are reminded that Lafourche Parish is a no refusal parish, meaning if a suspected drunk driver refuses a breathalyzer test, deputies will seek a search warrant to have that persons blood tested. Additionally, that motorist will lose his drivers license for one year. For a second offense, the penalty increases to two years. Anyone convicted of a DWI offense while their drivers license is suspended because of another DWI offense will face automatic jail time.