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DWI and Seat Belt Checkpoints Scheduled for Friday, May 23


5/20/2014 by Brennan Matherne
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Sheriff Craig Webre announced the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office will be conducting DWI and seat belt checkpoints on Friday, May 23 in Lafourche Parish. During the seat belt checkpoint, deputies will be checking to ensure all vehicle occupants are properly restrained. During the DWI checkpoint, deputies will be looking for drivers who are possibly impaired while checking for other traffic safety issues. The DWI checkpoint will begin Friday night and end during the early morning hours of Saturday, May 24. 

Sheriff Webre reminds drivers that the use of seat belts is always important and can mean the difference between life and death in crashes. Per Louisiana State law (R.S. 32:295.1), upon conviction of the first offense, the driver faces a $25.00 fine including court costs, and any subsequent conviction carries a $50.00 fine including court costs.

Motorists suspected of DWI who refuse to submit to a breathalyzer test will lose their driver's license for one year (first offense). For a second offense, the penalty increases to two years. Anyone convicted of a DWI offense while their driver's license is suspended because of another DWI offense will face automatic prison time. Lafourche Parish is also a No Refusal parish, meaning if a suspected drunk driver refuses a breathalyzer test, deputies will seek a search warrant to have that person's blood tested.