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It's never a good idea to drink and drive. Especially when there are so many options available to us these days instead of getting behind the wheel when there's a possibility of impairment. Cabs, Uber, Lyft, bus, designated driver, you name it. There's just no reason for it, yet some still believe they can handle the vehicle in spite of those couple of beers.

Over the weekend, Bossier Sheriff’s Office deputies and other officers showed some the errors of their thinking. They screened nearly 250 vehicles and made seven arrests during a sobriety checkpoint in the 5400 block of Airline Drive on Friday night into early Saturday morning.

Deputies screened 246 vehicles, made 11 traffic stops, conducted nine field sobriety tests, and arrested seven subjects for driving while under the influence (DWI). Arrests made in the operation were not only the results of alcohol impairment but drugs as well. The highest blood alcohol concentration recorded for the evening was 0.235g%, approximately three times the legal limit for alcohol intoxication in the state of Louisiana. Drivers should commit this one to memory, “if you feel different, you drive different.”

A new impaired driving mobile processing unit was debuted during the checkpoint. An “Intoxilyzer 9000” breath testing instrument for the purposes of mobile field testing & processing of impaired drivers was provided by Louisiana State Police Troop G.

The sobriety checkpoint was conducted as part of a grant awarded to the Bossier Sheriff’s Office from Louisiana Highway Safety Commission for DWI Enforcement. “In our responsibility to keep Bossier Parish roadways safe we are fortunate and thankful to have a great working relationship with the Louisiana State Police, and we know that by working together we accomplish more,” said Sgt Ryan Rhodes, Bossier Sheriff’s Office.

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