Sheriff Craig Webre announced deputies will conduct a DWI checkpoint beginning during the evening hours of Saturday, December 17 and continuing into the early morning hours of the following day. During the DWI checkpoint, deputies will be looking for drivers who are possibly impaired while checking for other traffic safety issues.
This checkpoint is part of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, as well as Louisiana State Police Troop C’s “Zero for December” campaign which calls for zero fatalities caused by impaired driving during the month of December.
Sheriff Webre reminds citizens to designate a driver if you are going to drink. 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” parish, meaning if a suspected drunk driver refuses a breathalyzer test, deputies will seek a search warrant to have that person’s blood tested.