The Louisiana State Police (LSP) Troop D will conduct a seat belt compliance and DWI checkpoint in Calcasieu Parish on Friday, December 30, 2016, in an effort to increase seat belt usage and combat impaired driving.  Troop D will set up a checkpoint on Friday, from approximately 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. at an undisclosed location in Calcasieu Parish.

According to LSP, their mission is to “ticket vehicle occupants who are not properly restrained or who choose not to properly restrain children in the vehicle as well as to remove impaired drivers from the road before they cause injury or death to themselves or others.”

It is required by law in Louisiana for all vehicle occupants to be properly restrained, day and night. “Wearing a seat belt is the single most effective thing motorists can do to minimize the likelihood of serious injury or death in the event of a crash." You should wear your seat belt on every trip you make in your vehicle, no matter what.

Last year, 64 percent of fatal crashes investigated by Troop D involved an impaired driver. Alcohol consumption affects judgement as well as the skills needed to drive safely. Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead and designate a sober driver before driving to any place where alcohol will be consumed. Not doing so can have deadly consequences. - LSP

If you suspect someone of impaired driving, you are encouraged to dial *LSP (*577) from your cellular device, or simply contact your local law enforcement agency.