Local Agency To Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint
Unfortunately, the holidays are a time when a lot of people tend to overindulge in alcohol. It's been a long, hard year and most of us a ready to for the holidays because not only are we excited about Christmas, we're happy to be done with 2020. Remember, 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 Greenwood Police Department is continuing to participate in the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission's 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign through January 1st, 2021. The campaign is a concerted effort to get impaired drivers off our roads and protect Louisiana families from the danger of drunk drivers.
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 website, over 40% of car crashes in Louisiana in 2017 were alcohol related and completely preventable. Those alcohol related crashes resulted in 311 deaths. While the LHSC provides support to local agencies year round to identify and remove impaired drivers from the road, we are currently in the midst of what they call a saturation campaign through New Year's Day.