Mardi Gras is always a fun time in Southwest Louisiana. Make sure you do it safely by designating a driver in advance. The Lake Charles Police Department and Louisiana State Police will not need your permission to run a toxicology report during Mardi Gras.

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According to a Louisiana State Police press release a judge will be standing by 24/7 during Mardi Gras. This on call judge will be there to issue "no refusal" warrants for the Louisiana State Police and the Lake Charles Police Department. These warrants will be used to obtain toxicology test whether the driver consents or not. The goal is to make Mardi Gras safe for all. According to the press release in 2013, 63 percent of motorists who died in crashes investigated by Troop D were killed by an impaired driver. You may save a life by reporting an impaired driver at *LSP (*577).