SULPHUR, LA (KPLC) -
The Sulphur Police Department will soon join law enforcement agencies across the state in participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. The campaign begins August 15 and lasts through September 1.
Drive Sober or Get Pulled over is a national campaign that aims to raise awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving.
"Enforcement and educational efforts to combat drunken driving, like the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, are helping reduce deaths and injuries," said Police Chief Lewis Coats.
According to a 2013 report from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, Calcasieu Parish ranked fifth in the state, with 1,244 arrests involving DWI charges. The same report said that there were 250 total alcohol related crashes involving injuries or fatalities in Calcasieu Parish last year.
"Although we're making significant progress in reducing drunken driving, too many people are still getting behind the wheel when they're impaired," said Coats. "Drunken driving crashes needlessly kill and injure innocent victims nearly every day. Unfortunately, law enforcement officers cannot find and arrest every drunken driver."
The Sulphur Police Department recommends designating a driver before going out and using a seat belt every time you drive or ride in a vehicle, regardless of your seating position.
To report a suspected impaired driver, dial *577 or call Sulphur Police at 627-4550.