On Saturday, June 11, 2011, Louisiana State Police Troop G troopers will be conducting their second sobriety checkpoint this month. The checkpoint will be conducted from approximately 8 p.m. until 3 a.m. in Webster Parish, weather and road conditions permitting.
Checkpoints are designed to remove impaired drivers from the roads before they can injure themselves or others. Additionally, checkpoints act as a deterrent and raise awareness to impaired driving. If people recognize the increased probability of checkpoints, they are less likely to drive impaired.
Each year, on Louisiana’s highways, numerous people are killed or seriously injured in automobile crashes that involve impaired drivers. In 2010, Troop G troopers arrested over 850 impaired drivers and conducted over 33 sobriety checkpoints. Additionally, troopers partnered with local and state law enforcement agencies and conducted numerous sobriety checkpoints. Although our efforts have yielded lifesaving results, we simply cannot do this without the help of the community.
Remember that you have options: regardless of the circumstances, commit to not operating an automobile while impaired; designate a driver or call a local cab to ensure safe travel to and from your destinations.
If you see a suspected impaired driver, contact your local police or sheriff’s department, or call the Louisiana State Police hotline: *LSP (*577)