Sheriff Craig Webre announced the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office will conduct a Highway Safety Checkpoint during the daylight hours of Wednesday, October 9. Deputies will be checking motorists for seat belt and safety seat violations, expired inspection tags, expired/suspended driver’s licenses, and other violations. This is the first checkpoint in a year-long campaign designed to raise awareness for these types of violations and make the highways of Lafourche Parish safer for all motorists.
Sheriff Craig Webre said this year-long effort of weekly checkpoints is not designed for the sole purpose of punishing violators but to bring awareness to motorists about these violations, and bring everyone into compliance.
“It’s hard to believe that people are still not wearing their seatbelts in this day and age, but sadly, we see that is still the case,” said Sheriff Webre. “Additionally, many people view inspection tags as nothing more than an annual burden, but the purpose is to ensure your vehicle is properly equipped for the road. Failure to use a seat belt or utilize proper equipment can be just as fatal of a mistake as driving under the influence of alcohol.”
Last year, seat belt use in Louisiana was at 79.4% compared to 86% nationwide. Sheriff Webre is reminding drivers that seat belts are the most effective safety feature ever invented and have helped save thousands of lives. Per Louisiana State law (R.S. 32:295.1), upon conviction of the first offense, the driver faces a $25.00 fine including court costs, and any subsequent conviction carries a $50.00 fine including court costs.