Sheriff Craig Webre announced the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office will conduct multiple checkpoints in Lafourche Parish on Wednesday, April 22. The first will be the weekly seat belt checkpoint to be held during the daylight hours on Wednesday followed by another seat belt checkpoint that evening at another location in the parish. A DWI checkpoint will also be held Wednesday night in Lafourche Parish and will continue into the early morning hours of Thursday, April 23.
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. 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.
The last weekly seat belt checkpoint was conducted on Wednesday, April 15, along the eastbound lane of LA Highway 24 in Larose. Of the 452 vehicles which passed through the checkpoint, deputies reported the following violations: 1 seat belt violation, 11 expired motor vehicle inspection stickers, 1 expired registration, and 1 driving with headsets on (R.S. 32:295.2).