Increased La. State Police presence expected for Fourth of July weekend

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Monday, July 1, 2013 - 11:33pm

Louisiana State Police will have an increased number of Troopers on patrol this week and throughout the fourth of July holiday.

This is possible by funding give by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission. Many communities across the state are preparing to celebrate the nation's independence and troopers are partnering with local law enforcement to ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday.

During holidays, an increase in travel and traffic volume is seen and it could lead to more crashes. Motorists need to remain attentive to their surroundings, exercise patience, extend respect and courtesy to other motorists, and avoid distractions inside the vehicle.

Troopers and police will be targeting aggressive, impaired, and drivers that choose not to wear their seatbelts, and those that don't secure their children to their seats properly.

Every year across our nation, impaired drivers kill or injure thousands of people. Impaired driving is a deadly crime and is still way too prevalent in Louisiana. Alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes were four times higher at night than during the day and 31 percent of drivers involved in fatal crashes were impaired on alcohol.

Troopers will be working with local law enforcement to make vehicle travel as safe as possible and will be partnering in this year's nationwide enforcement effort, "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign that is designed to save lives by keeping impaired drivers off the road and reduce roadway fatalities. Troopers will be participating in DWI checkpoints and saturation patrols throughout the state.

Louisiana law requires that all occupants in a vehicle be properly restrained regardless of age or seating position. Seatbelts greatly decrease the chance of death and will reduce the extent of injury.

Troopers will be targeting the interstate as well as federal highways, state roadways, and parish roadways.  

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