State police increasing patrols over holiday weekend

by Brandon Richards bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC-TV) – Labor Day Weekend means lots of people will be on the roads in Southwest Louisiana; state troopers are working to make sure the highways stay safe.

"We have additional troopers on the highway this weekend looking for impaired drivers, aggressive drivers and speeders," said Sgt. James Anderson with Louisiana State Police Troop D.

State police will be enforcing the "no refusal" law, designed to deal with drunk drivers who refuse to submit to a chemical analysis test when they're pulled over.

"We'll forward that information to a judge who's on stand-by. That judge will then review the information. If he or she determines a probable cause exists, then a warrant will be issued and we'll bring that motorist to a qualified medical professional, who will then draw blood, and we'll have our sample that we need," said Anderson.

According to state police, 12 people lost their lives during Labor Day Weekend 2009. Five of the deaths were a result of an impaired motorist.

Even though Louisiana's overall road conditions improved (to 36th) in a new report released by the Reason Foundation, the same study ranked the Bayou State 49th because of the number of traffic fatalities reported.

Should you notice a motorist driving in an unsafe manner this weekend, you are advised to report the driver to Louisiana State Police by dialing *577 (*LSP) on your cell phone. You can also contact your local law enforcement office.

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