BOSSIER SHERIFF’S OFFICE RECEIVES DWI GRANT
The Bossier Sheriff’s Office has been awarded a grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission for DWI enforcement.
The grant is for $14,040 and will be used to provide extra enforcement of impaired driving laws in order to reduce fatal and injury crashes on Louisiana roadways through Sept. 30, 2014.
“These funds will allow us to increase patrols and checkpoints to target those who drive impaired in order to keep our roadways safe for all drivers,” said Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington.
In 2012, there were 722 traffic fatalities in Louisiana, and 40%, or 289, of those fatalities were estimated to be alcohol related, according to the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.
Some Louisiana impaired driving laws include:
· DWI (R.S. 14:98/98.1) - for all drivers over the age of 21 with .08 BAC; under 21, the BAC limit is .02.
· Open Container (R.S. 32:300) – it is illegal for any occupant of a vehicle to possess an alcoholic beverage that is open to consumption.
· Driver’s License Seizure (R.S. 32:414) – a DWI conviction will result in a 365 day suspended driver’s license.
See http://www.lahighwaysafety.org/drive_sober.html for more laws pertaining to impaired driving.