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April 14 02:35 PM

DWI task force targets underage drunk drivers

The Bossier City Police Department (BCPD) is teaming up with the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission this month in an effort to crack down on underage drunk driving.

As part of an LHSC statewide campaign to keep young drivers safe during this season of proms, graduations and end-of-school celebrations, the department’s DWI Task Force is focusing its patrols during the month of April on targeting motorists under the age of 21 who choose to drink and drive.

It is against the law for persons younger than 21 to consume alcoholic beverages. Louisiana law also makes it a crime for anyone in that age group to drive a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration level of l02 or above. In other words, just one drink is sufficient for a young person to be impaired.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, underage drinking drivers experience more fatalities at lower blood alcohol levels than do adults. Young people are less experienced drivers and drinkers than adults, putting them at significantly greater risk for a serious crash than an adult who has consumed the same amount of alcohol and is roughly the same size.

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among teens in the United States, and nearly one third of those crashes are alcohol-related.

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