In an effort to keep our roadways and you safe, the Louisiana State Police will be conducting a DWI checkpoint this weekend at an undisclosed area in Calcasieu Parish.

The checkpoint will be from 9:00 p.m. to 3 a.m. somewhere in Calcasieu parish area.  Sgt. James Anderson has issued this statement about the event.

In an effort to combat impaired driving in our area, Louisiana State Police Troop D plans to conduct a DWI checkpoint Saturday, March 3, 2012, from approximately 9:00 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, Troop D investigated 18 fatal crashes resulting in 20 fatalities. Of those 20 fatalities, 10 (50%) were killed by impaired drivers (alcohol and/or drugs).  Motorists are asked to designate a sober driver before heading out.  Drive sober or get pulled over.

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

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

---LSP Sgt. James Anderson

So be careful out there, buckle up and designate a driver.