POSTED: Thursday, December 30, 2010 - 6:08pm
UPDATED: Thursday, December 30, 2010 - 7:12pm
LOUISIANA (NBC33) – The New Year’s weekend can be deadly, as party-goers hit the roadways after celebrating. In Louisiana last year, nearly half of the fatalities were alcohol related. So this year, law enforcement are embarking on one of the most aggressive no drinking and driving campaigns they’ve ever had.
Multiple agencies will be out in full force as part of their drunk driving, “Over the Limit, Under Arrest,” campaign. There will be 50 sobriety checkpoints across the state.
“Enforcement waves saves lives and reduces the number in injuries resulting from crashes,” Lt. Col. John LeBlanc, Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, said about the holiday weekend. “Holiday celebrations often involve alcohol because last year in Louisiana, 49 percent of fatalities involved alcohol.”
The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission has contracted with 87 other agencies, which will work additional hours dedicated to enforcing DWI, seat belt and other laws.
Also, District Attorneys and judges are participating in “No Refusal” programs during the holidays. This means judges are on standby to approve search warrants, based on probable cause, that authorize police to take blood samples from suspects who refuse to submit to a blood alcohol breath test.