Minden Press-Herald

Thursday
Oct 02nd

Insurance checkpoint nets DWI arrest

Webster Parish Sheriff's deputies want drivers to know they are out in force to make sure no one is driving an uninsured vehicle.

Chief Deputy Bobby Igo, Jr., said last Friday night, two insurance checkpoints netted four citations and one arrest; however, none of those had to do with vehicle insurance.

"Just because we are checking insurance doesn't mean we won't arrest you for something else," Igo said. "If a driver pulls up to a checkpont and has an open container in that car, or if we smell alcohol on their breath and feel like they are a danger to drive, then they will be cited or arrested for that."

At La. Hwy. 531 and Buttonwood, 31 vehicles were checked with no violations.

But at U.S. Hwy. 371 at Woodmill Road, where 55 drivers were stopped, citations were written for three open containers, one for driving under suspension, and one person was arrested for driving while intoxicated and wreckless operation of a motor vehicle.

"We're going to be doing these checkpoints throughout the parish over the next several months," Igo said. "Insurance is costly, and we're just making sure people are complying with the law. It's the ones who aren't complying that are making everyone else's insurance go up."

Although Friday's insurance checks were around 7 or 8 p.m., Igo said the sheriff's office will have checkpoints set up at different places and times around the parish.

 

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