State Police: Stay sober or stay off the roads when celebrating

POSTED: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 7:07pm

UPDATED: Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 3:57pm

The New Year's holiday this weekend will keep law enforcement busy, trying to keep the roadways clear of drunk drivers.

State Police say every year at this time, alcohol related incidents go up. To fight the trend, Troopers say a DUI checkpoint will be take place sometime between now and the holiday.

They say if you plan to drink, make arrangements beforehand for a designated driver, and don't allow anyone else to drive while under the influence.

"Saturation patrols, one of the big things we do,” Trooper Russell Graham, Louisiana State Police Troop A, explains. “Additional troopers on roads where we know a problem, get troopers out there, get impaired or aggressive drivers off the road before the kill or injure someone."

State Police say federal grant money is used to pay for additional troopers during the holiday saturation patrols, and DUI checkpoints.

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