Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced plans for the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign which runs from August 16 through September 2, 2019. The campaign is coordinated and funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.
Multiple checkpoints have been planned in Lafourche Parish throughout the campaign. A DWI checkpoint is slated during the evening hours of Friday, August 16, 2019, and it will continue into the early morning hours of Saturday, August 17. Another DWI checkpoint is slated for Friday, August 23, 2019, and it will continue into the early morning hours of Saturday, August 24. Seat belt checkpoints will also be conducted on August 16, 21, 23, and 29. Additional deputies will also be assigned to saturated patrol efforts to target impaired drivers and help keep motorists safe throughout the campaign.
During the seat belt checkpoints, deputies will be checking motorists for seat belt and safety seat violations, 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, including but not limited to seat belt usage. Remember 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 person’s blood tested.
Sheriff Webre reminds citizens to designate a driver if you are going to drink. Sheriff Webre also asks for patience and cooperation when passing through these checkpoints and for recognizing the importance of raising awareness for safety issues.