Armed with thousands of dollars in grant money, law enforcement across Louisiana is gearing up for numerous drunk driving checkpoints and saturation patrols in the on going effort to get impaired drivers off the road.
Despite all the attention, it continues to be a major problem in this state. Highway Safety Commission spokeswoman Elaine Rougeau says the numbers are staggering.
''41 percent of people killed on Louisiana roads last year, were involved in alcohol related crashes,'' said Rougeau.
Authorities are hoping the ''Drive sober or get pulled over campaign, can do better this time around.
''Drunk driving violators often face jail time, loss of their drivers license, high insurance rates and dozens of unexpected expenses,'' she said.
The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission says they've provided grants to 53 law enforcement agencies across the state to conduct saturation patrols and DWI checkpoints over the New Year Holiday.