Sheriff Craig Webre announced the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office will conduct a Highway Safety Checkpoint and a DWI Checkpoint in Lafourche Parish this week. The Highway Safety Checkpoint will take place on Thursday, September 18, and the DWI checkpoint will begin on Saturday night, September 20 continuing into the early morning hours of Sunday, September 21.
During the Highway Safety Checkpoint on Thursday, deputies will be checking motorists for seat belt and safety seat violations, expired inspection tags, and other violations. This checkpoint is part of the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office's year-long campaign designed to raise awareness for these types of violations and make the highways of the parish safer for all motorists.
During the DWI checkpoint, deputies will be looking for drivers who are possibly impaired while checking for other traffic safety issues. The checkpoint will begin Friday night and end during the early morning hours of Saturday, September 6. 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 all the time" parish, meaning if a suspected drunk driver refuses a breathalyzer test, deputies will seek a search warrant to have that person's blood tested.