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It's going to be a gorgeous weekend and you're going to see a ton of people wherever you go, especially since we're now in phase 3 of COVID-19 mitigation efforts. However, it's never okay to drink and drive. Make sure before you start your celebrations that you have a sober driver lined up or a ridesharing app ready to go on your phone.

The Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office is participating in the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission's "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign to get impaired drivers off our roads and protect Louisiana families from the danger of drunk drivers this weekend. The funds needed to pay for the extra patrols and any overtime come thanks to a grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission for DWI Enforcement.

According to the LHSC, over 40% of car crashes in Louisiana in 2017 were alcohol-related and completely preventable. Those alcohol-related crashes resulted in 311 deaths.

Here's what Bill Davis, BPSO Public Information Officer, has to say about their planned sobriety checkpoint:

The Bossier Sheriff’s Office will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Saturday evening, March 6, 2021, that will start at 9:00 p.m., and continue to run into Sunday morning at an undisclosed location in Bossier Parish.

 

The goal of the checkpoint is to identify and remove impaired drivers from the road before they cause injury or death to themselves or others, as well as increase public awareness to the seriousness of driving while impaired. The Louisiana State Police will assist.

 

The sobriety checkpoint is being conducted as part of a grant awarded to the Bossier Sheriff’s Office from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission for DWI Enforcement.

 

Motorists are encouraged to report impaired drivers to law enforcement at any time in support of “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” The Bossier Sheriff's Office can be reached 24 hours a day at 318-965-2203.

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