In an effort to increase seatbelt usage and combat impaired driving in our area, Louisiana State Police Troop D and the Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office plan to conduct seatbelt compliance and DWI checkpoint on Saturday, May 25, 2013, from approximately 9:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. at an undisclosed location in Allen Parish. Our mission will be to find and remove impaired drivers from the road before they can cause injury or death to themselves or others and to ticket vehicle occupants who are not properly restrained.
The majority of vehicle occupants who die in crashes in our state are not wearing a seatbelt including 7 of the 8 people who have died in crashes investigated by Troop D so far this year. Wearing a seatbelt is the single most effective thing motorists can do to protect themselves in the event of a crash.
The nationwide Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign is currently underway through June 2. Overtime hours have been allocated to the Louisiana State Police and other law enforcement agencies across the nation to provide additional enforcement of our seat belt and child restraint laws. Louisiana state law requires vehicle occupants in all seating positions to be properly restrained, day and night. Now more than ever, “Click It or Ticket.”
Motorists are asked to remember to designate a sober driver before traveling to any place where alcohol will be consumed. Drive sober or get pulled over.
To report impaired drivers, motorists are encouraged to dial *LSP (*577) from their cellular phone or to contact their local law enforcement agency.
Funding for this checkpoint is provided by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.