Authorities kick off campaign to keep you safe this Labor Day holiday

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POSTED: Friday, August 15, 2014 - 4:43pm

UPDATED: Friday, August 15, 2014 - 5:16pm

Law enforcement officials are gearing up for what is traditionally one of the deadliest weekends in our state.

Last year, more than 300 car crashes happened in Louisiana Labor Day weekend, and 11 people died. Troopers said most of those crashes involved alcohol. That's why the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission today launched it's annual "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign. Officials hope the increase in patrols will mean fewer DWI offenses across the state, which will keep you and your family safer.

"It has been our culture, and I think it's been our culture in the south. The fatality rate used to hover at around 50% for many, many years. So we made a tremendous stride to get it down to 40%, but we've got a long, long way to go," said Lieutenant Colonel John Leblanc, the executive director of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

"One fatal crash on our roadways is one too many," said Major Carl Saizan with the Louisiana State Police. "I can assure you that the Louisiana State Police will have a zero-tolerance for drunk drivers, aggressive drivers, and reckless drivers DWI is a crime, not just simply a traffic offense."

A DWI can you more than $10,000 in fines, court and legal fees. The campaign has already begun and runs through the Labor Day weekend.   

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