Sheriff Craig Webre announced deputies will again conduct multiple checkpoints this week in Lafourche Parish. Deputies will conduct a seat belt checkpoint during the evening hours of Tuesday, February 10, followed by a DWI checkpoint which will continue into the early morning hours of Wednesday, February 11. Deputies will then conduct the weekly seat belt checkpoint as usual on Wednesday morning.
During the seat belt checkpoints, deputies will be checking motorists for seat belt and safety seat violation as well as other violations such as expired inspection tags. These checkpoints are 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. 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.
Sheriff Webre encourages all citizens to enjoy the 2015 Carnival Season and to have a safe and happy Mardi Gras. If you are planning to drink, please designate a driver.