Three underage women arrested during DWI crackdown for 4th of July holiday
POSTED: Friday, July 5, 2013 - 3:30pm
UPDATED: Monday, July 8, 2013 - 9:28am
BATON ROUGE,LA (NBC33) — Three underage women spent the 4th of July behind bars after they were caught drinking and driving, according to police reports.
Alexandra Acosta, 19, of Baton Rouge; Kelsi Walker, 19, of Denham Springs; and Macy Sanders, 17, of Greenwell Springs; were all arrested for first offense DWI. Both Acosta and Walker were arrested by the Baton Rouge Police Department, and Sanders was arrested by the Louisiana State Police.
All law enforcement agencies have increased manpower for DWI checkpoints. The goal is to curb the increase of fatal crashes typically seen during the 4th of July holiday.
"Vehicle crashes tend to increase during holiday periods when traffic is heavier and drivers participate in parties and other events that include alcohol consumption,” Lt. Col. John LeBlanc, Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, said. “The message we are sending to motorists is: Enjoy your Independence Day celebration but don't even think about getting behind the wheel if you've been drinking."
The effort among law enforcement has seen positive results thus far. There have been no fatal crashes within East Baton Rouge Parish this week.
Officials say there were roughly 25 DWI arrests in the Baton Rouge area between Wednesday and Thursday.