This afternoon in a release the Superintendent of the Louisiana State Police, Col. Kevin W. Reeves wanted to remind everyone that even though summer is winding down, the LSP is still ramped up on impaired driving.

You'll actually see more law enforcement presence on the roadways between now and Labor Day and that's after a summer-long of rigorous DWI enforcement already. Along with the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, Troopers will also work closely with local law enforcement to ferret out impaired drivers and remove them from the roadways toot suite.

According to the Reeves release, Driver impairment continues to be a leading factor in fatal crashes across the state. Therefore, Troopers and law enforcement officers statewide will have a zero tolerance for those who choose to drive impaired. Motorists are urged to celebrate wisely. 

Now that we're shifting from our summer kids-at-home, vacation rhythms into more party-friendly fall tailgating and festival going good times, remember to always designate a sober driver to do the driving, celebrate wisely and remember two words: zero tolerance.

If you're pulled over and found to be impaired they will be carrying you away to jail. Jail is a seriously crappy place to be. You'll wake up with cotton mouth and stinky strangers and only have a faucet 10" from the toilet to drink from (did I already mention stinky?), and it will end up costing you thousands of dollars out of pocket.

We've been urged and warned from the state police no less. But this is something that's easy to make the smart decision on in our lives, the so-called no-brainer. No impaired driving, draft a designated driver and everyone wear your seat belts.

Photo: Louisiana State Police Superintendents Office. LSP DSOGPO

The superintendent closed out the release reminding us we can call *LSP (*577) if you're trying to report a motorist that is spotted operating unsafely or seemingly impaired. Don't hesitate, for everyone's safety call it in as quickly as you safely can.

You can also dial 511 and access real-time information on road conditions, construction, and critical incidents. And it's on the net at 511la.org

So let's go out and have our fun and relax and enjoy ourselves as summer winds down and fall revs up; we start off the first Friday night games sweating in the bleachers with snocones but by homecoming, we may be shivering with hot chocolate with our crazy weather. Go out and enjoy the festivals and tailgating, just stay safe and don't risk getting carried away.