June 30, 2021  |  10:19 am

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is joining other local law enforcement agencies in a coordinated effort to reduce impaired driving fatalities during the Fourth of July weekend.

As part of the state-wide proactive Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, additional deputies will be assigned to saturated patrol efforts to target impaired drivers.

The campaign, which is coordinated and funded by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, will also include DWI checkpoints.

“We want people to know that we are out there, not just this weekend, but every day looking for drivers that are under the influence, and we hope these checkpoints serve as a deterrent to drinking and driving,” Sheriff Randy Smith said. “If you choose to consume alcohol, don’t drive. Have a designated driver or call a cab. If all options fail, call us and we will find you a safe ride.”

Remember that driving under the influence of illegal narcotics can also lead to a DWI arrest. In fact, some legal medications can impair your ability to drive. Always read warning labels and instructions on prescription and over-the-counter medications.

“Our attitudes and actions have to change when it comes to drunk driving,” Sheriff Smith added. “If you choose to drink and drive—and it is a choice—you risk not only your own life but the lives of innocent people in our community. I encourage everyone to make wise choices, not just this weekend, but all the time.” 

Sheriff Smith thanks citizens for their cooperation and patience when passing through these checkpoints and for recognizing the importance of raising awareness for safety issues.