The Louisiana State Police will be conducting a DWI checkpoint somewhere in Calcasieu parish tonight. It is an ongoing effort to keep the highways and roadways safe.

Here is the information passed down to us from the Louisiana State Police.

In an effort to combat impaired driving in our area, Louisiana State Police Troop D and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office plan to conduct a DWI checkpoint on Friday, October 26, 2012, from approximately 09:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. at an undisclosed location in Calcasieu Parish. Our mission will be to find and remove impaired drivers from the road before they can cause injury or death to themselves or others.


Last year in our state, 43 percent of fatal crashes were alcohol related. Motorists are asked to remember to designate a sober driver before traveling to any place where alcohol will be consumed. Drive sober or get pulled over.


During 2011, 65 percent of drivers who died in crashes in our state were not wearing a seatbelt.  Wearing a seatbelt is the single most effective thing motorists can do to protect themselves in the event of a crash.  


Louisiana state law requires vehicle occupants in all seating positions to be properly restrained, day or night.  Buckle up Louisiana.  Every trip.  Every time.


To report impaired drivers, motorists are encouraged to dial *LSP (*577) from their cellular phone or to contact their local law enforcement agency.


Funding for this checkpoint is provided by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.


Source: Sgt. James Anderson

So be careful, designate a driver and have a great weekend!