The Louisiana State Police Troop I, with the help of the Lafayette Police Department, has announced plans to conduct an impaired driving checkpoint. The primary objective of this initiative is to identify and apprehend impaired drivers before they pose a threat to themselves or others on the road.

According to statistics from last year, nearly half of all fatal crashes investigated statewide involved drivers under the influence of alcohol or other substances.

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The detrimental effects of alcohol, prescription drugs, and other narcotics on an individual's cognitive and physical capabilities cannot be stressed enough.

These substances can severely impair a persons vison, distort the perception of time and space, impede fine motor skills crucial for safe driving, and slow down reaction times, which leads to an increased risk of accidents.

Impaired Driving Checkpoint Details:

Officials plan to conduct an impaired driving checkpoint on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, from approximately 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. at an undisclosed location in Lafayette Parish.

Avoid Impaired Driving

Law enforcement agencies urge motorists to take proactive measures to ensure road safety.

  • Designate a sober driver before heading out to any event where alcohol will be consumed.
  • Opt for safer transportation options such as rideshare services like Uber, Lyft, and taxi services to get home responsibly.
  • Passengers are also reminded of the importance of never getting into a vehicle with a driver who is impaired.

Who To Call If You Suspect Someone Is Driving Impaired:

Local authorities encourage the public to report impaired drivers by dialing *LSP (*577) to reach the nearest Louisiana State Police troop location. In emergency situations, contacting local law enforcement by dialing 911 remains the most immediate course of action.

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