Extra patrols on the road

Friday, July 1, 2011 - 12:44pm

Louisiana State Troopers are stepping up patrols over the holiday weekend. They say drunk driving and texting are the biggest problems and lead to deaths on Louisiana roadways every year.

Several parishes in the state are participating in no refusal checkpoints, where a driver can be forced to submit to a blood alcohol test, with a warrant from an on-call judge.

They say if you are caught drinking and driving, you will go to jail.

Before you hit the road, troopers also want to make sure your vehicle is safe. They suggest checking your car’s fluid levels, tire pressure and tread, and test your windshield wipers. Plus, all passengers, even the ones in the back seat, need to buckle their seat belts. Child safety seats should be installed so they don’t wriggle from side to side, with the straps and harness pulled tight.

If you are concerned about a driver on a Louisiana roadway, dial *LSP on your cell phone. That will connect you to the nearest troop, and could save a life.

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