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Sobriety checkpoint held Dec. 21

PAM BOESCH Contributing writer
A sobriety checkpoint was held Dec. 21 in Iberville Parish.

Louisiana State Police Troop A along with the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Department and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries conducted a sobriety checkpoint in Iberville Parish on Dec. 21.

The checkpoint took place at an undisclosed location from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m.  Troopers were looking for drivers who choose to drive impaired, as well as aggressive drivers and unrestrained occupants.

Sobriety checkpoints are effective enforcement tools because they serve as a strong deterrent to impaired driving. The task of stopping impaired drivers is a joint effort of law enforcement agencies as well as the public.

By never allowing an impaired driver to get behind the wheel of a vehicle and reporting dangerous drivers to law enforcement, the public can play an important role in the reduction of crashes caused by impaired drivers.

Making poor decisions in a vehicle such as driving impaired, driving while distracted and/or not wearing a seatbelt leads to serious injuries and deaths every day across the state.

Troopers stress to drivers that impairment is not caused by only alcohol. If a driver is found to be under the influence of certain narcotic medications or illegal substances, they too can be arrested for DWI. Troopers have a zero tolerance for impaired persons found to be operating a motor vehicle in this state. As a busy Christmas and New Year’s Holiday approaches, Troop A reminds motorists to drive carefully and make it a safe holiday for everyone traveling on Louisiana’s roadways.

If you see an aggressive or impaired driver you can report them by dialing *LSP (*577) or your local law enforcement.