A reminder from Louisiana State Police and other local law enforcement agencies throughout the state.
Checkpoints will be held throughout the holiday weekend, including seatbelt and DWI checks.
Patrols are stepped up throughout every end of the state to be on the lookout for those who may be making the roadways unsafe for themselves and others.
Not only is the Thanksgiving travel holiday the busiest of the year, it's also the deadliest on the roadways. During the five days over Thanksgiving week last year, thirteen people were killed and 666 were injured in Louisiana highway crashes.
Louisiana State Police say a strict "no refusal" policy is in place for those suspected of driving drunk.
Motorists suspected of DWI who refuse to submit to a breathalyzer test will lose their driver’s license for one year (first offense). For a second offense, the penalty increases to two years. Anyone convicted of a DWI offense while their driver's license is suspended because of another DWI offense will face automatic prison time.
Lafourche Parish is also a "no refusal all the time" parish, meaning if a suspected drunk driver refuses a breathalyzer test, deputies will seek a search warrant to have that person’s blood tested.
The US Department of Transportation estimates about 90 percent of Thanksgiving travel is by motor vehicle and the number of long-distance car trips more than doubles during the holiday.