Louisiana law enforcement increasing patrols to reduce DWI crashes

December 16, 2018 - 9:26 am

(WWL.com) - The holidays can be a dangerous time on the roadways so law enforcement is stepping up patrols as part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. Deputy Director of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission Dortha Cummins says in the last five years, 139 people have died during the Christmas and New Year’s Eve holiday period.

"In 2017, 9 out of the 15 fatalities that happened involved alcohol," said Cummins. 
Cummins says the campaign runs through New Year’s Day and drivers should be aware that law enforcement is out and actively looking for drivers who may be under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or both.
"They're going to have zero tolerance, so there is a chance, more so than usual, that you can could stopped and get a citation for impaired driving during this time of year," said Cummins. 
Cummins says the state is one of five that has received a grant from the rideshare app Lyft to provide $5 off a ride to anyone in the state who uses the code “RIDE SMART LA,” all one word.
"Please take advantage of this opportunity," said Cummins.  

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