With more drivers expected on the roadway this Independence Day weekend, Louisiana State Police are participating in the nationwide "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.
Sgt. Nick Manale says efforts will be ramped up this weekend to make sure drivers are being as safe as possible.
"We're going to have troopers out in force. We're going to have partnerships with our local agencies conducting DWI checkpoints, saturation patrols, and basically just being out and being visible. Making sure that people can see us out on the highways, being safe out there on the highways, and just making good choices throughout the weekend."
The fact remains that the Fourth of July is one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to drinking and driving. There will be an increased number of troopers on patrol throughout the weekend. Manale says you can expect DWI checkpoints across the state, as well as an increase in roving and saturation patrols.
'Where we would have troopers and local sheriff's office and local police departments out in a specific area and really concentrating on impairment, concentrating on seat belt use, and just making sure that people who are out there driving around are being safe, using good judgement and making good decisions so that they can get to their destination safely and we don't have any tragedies this weekend."
State Police will be working with local law enforcement to keep impaired drivers off the roadways and make sure that vehicle occupants of all ages are properly restrained. Manale says keeping the highways safe all comes down to individual responsibility.
"Do your part, making sure you are making good choices not to get behind the wheel impaired. To make sure you're making good choices to always wear your seat belt and making sure you're passengers are properly restrained. And just making good, smart decisions to keep yourself safe and everyone else safe."