In an effort to combat impaired driving in the Troop G area and ensure the safety of all motorists, Louisiana State Police Troop G troopers will conduct a sobriety checkpoint in Bossier Parish today from 10 p.m. until 4 a.m. Thursday.
According to Troop G Public Information Officer Cordell Williams, checkpoints are designed to remove impaired drivers from the roads before they can injure themselves or others.
"In addition, checkpoints act as a deterrent and raises awareness about impaired driving," Williams said. "If people recognize the increased probability of checkpoints, they are less likely to drive impaired.
"There are no excuses for impaired driving and those who choose to endanger themselves or others will be arrested," he continued.
A first offense DWI conviction requires the driver to install and maintain an ignition interlock and receive a hardship license.
Additional penalties include up to six months in jail, $1,000 fine plus court cost, and a criminal record.
Troopers will also monitor drivers and passengers for seat belt use. Anyone caught not wearing a seat belt or properly restraining children will be ticketed.
"If you see a suspected impaired driver, contact your local police or sheriff's department, or call the Louisiana State Police hotline: *LSP (*577)," Williams said.