The Louisiana State Police (LSP) Troop D will conduct a seat belt compliance and DWI checkpoint in Calcasieu Parish on Wednesday, December 23, in an effort to increase seat belt usage and combat impaired driving.  Troop D will set up a checkpoint on Thursday, between 8:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. at an undisclosed location in Calcasieu Parish.

The nationwide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign is underway until January 1, 2016. Troopers have already increased DWI enforcement activities for the holiday season, said an LSP media release.

During the 2013 holiday enforcement period (December 18-31) there were 1,180 people killed in crashes on our nation's roads. Almost a third (30%) of those fatalities occurred in drunk-driving crashes. On Christmas Day, 23 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes.

According to LSP, their mission is to "ticket vehicle occupants who are not properly restrained or who choose not to properly restrain children in the vehicle as well as to remove impaired drivers from the road before they cause injury or death to themselves or others."

It is required by law in Louisiana for all vehicle occupants to be properly restrained, day and night. "Wearing a seat belt is the single most effective thing motorists can do to minimize the likelihood of serious injury or death in the event of a crash," said LSP.

If you suspect someone of impaired driving, you are encouraged to dial *LSP (*577) from your cellular device, or simply contact your local law enforcement agency..

Drive sober or get pulled over!

Support for these checkpoints are provided through the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.