Cameron Parish's first DWI checkpoint catches intoxicated motorists - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Cameron Parish's first DWI checkpoint catches intoxicated motorists

By Crystal Price - bio | email

GRAND LAKE, LA (KPLC) - The Cameron Parish Sheriff's office caught 15 motorists breaking the law behind the wheel at their first ever DWI checkpoint Friday evening.

The Sheriff's Office checked a total of 589 vehicles between the hours of 7 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.

Through the checkpoint deputies conducted 9 sobriety tests, issued 2 driving under suspension, 2 DWI's, 1 possession of an open container, and 1 minor in possession of alcohol.

"It ran relatively smooth for it being the first one," said Ron Johnson, Chief Deputy for the Cameron Parish Sheriff's Office.

The checkpoint was made possible through a $330,000 grant to the Cameron Parish Police Jury.

Nearly $80,000 of the grant money was designed to purchase equipment for the checkpoints and pay overtime for the Cameron officers. 

"I would say it's been a couple years in progress," said Johnson. "Now we are finally able to follow through with it."

In preparation for the checkpoint, the officers from the Cameron Parish Sheriff's Office trained alongside Calcasieu Parish deputies at checkpoints to help develop their procedures.

The Cameron Parish Sheriff's Office will be running somewhere between two to three DWI checkpoints a month until August.

"The citizens are glad that we're taking a proactive approach to making sure the highways are safer," said Johnson.

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