We heard from our well-placed and wholly reliable source inside Troop D, Sgt. James Anderson, this afternoon on the subjects of seat belt usage and impaired driving.

According to Sgt. Anderson Louisiana state law requires motor vehicle occupants to be properly restrained in all seating positions, day and night. So yes, no matter where you're riding in the car or truck you must be wearing a seatbelt. Child seats must be properly in place and so forth as well.

It's worthwhile to note, you can't ride in the back of a pickup truck unless it has mounted seats and safety belts. That wasn't part of today's press release (pickup truck), but I read it somewhere the other day, on the internet.

With the support of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission Troop D plans a seat belt compliance and DWI checkpoint on Thursday, August 23rd from 9 pm until 3 am at a secret location in Calcasieu Parish.

According to Anderson, Our mission will be to ticket vehicle occupants who are not properly restrained or choose not to properly restrain children in the vehicle as well as to remove impaired drivers from the highway before they cause injury or death to themselves or others. 

And as several recent information releases from local, parish and state law enforcement agencies to us have indicated, there is a zero-tolerance attitude in place. So be sure to designate a driver, stay home or don't become impaired. No excuses will be heard or considerably entertained if you're discovered impaired no matter who your cousin, brother-in-law or boss may be, zero-tolerance.

If you're driving and see somebody weaving or driving erratically, for your safety and others you're encouraged to dial *577 (*LSP) to report impaired drivers in real-time to the nearest LSP troop or local law enforcement.

Women occasionally straying over the line a little on I-10 while plucking their eyebrows and answering email at 7:30 am, a judgment call on your part.

For further elucidation on the seat belt laws or DWI contact Sgt. James Anderson at Troop D, Public Affairs Section (337) 491-2932