Sheriff Craig Webre announced the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office will conduct checkpoints on February 20, 2020, in Lafourche Parish. A seat belt checkpoint will be conducted during the evening hours of Thursday, February 20, followed by a DWI checkpoint which will continue into the early morning hours of Friday, February 21. These checkpoints are being conducted in coordination with the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign which runs February 14-27, 2020. The campaign is coordinated and funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.
During the seat belt checkpoint, deputies will be checking motorists for seat belt and safety seat violations, as well as for proper inspection tags and other potential violations. During the DWI checkpoint, deputies will be looking for drivers who are possibly impaired while checking for other traffic safety issues. These checkpoints are designed to help raise awareness for these types of violations and make the highways of the parish safer for all motorists.
Sheriff Craig Webre reminds citizens to have a safe and happy Mardi Gras season. Plan to get home safely before you decide to drink. Whether you are attending a parade or a party or drinking at an establishment, NEVER drive if you have had anything to drink containing alcohol. Remember that driving under the influence of illegal narcotics can also lead to a DWI arrest. In fact, some legal medications can impair your ability to drive. Always read warning labels and instructions on prescription and over-the-counter medications.
Sheriff Webre also thanks citizens for their cooperation and patience when passing through these checkpoints and for recognizing the importance of raising awareness for safety issues.