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’No Refusal’ checkpoint scheduled Friday night in Tangipahoa Parish

’No Refusal’ checkpoint scheduled Friday night in Tangipahoa Parish

Author: AN17/Thursday, December 12, 2013/Categories: Front Page, News, St. Tammany News

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From Louisiana State Police:

Louisiana State Police Troop L will be conducting a Sobriety Checkpoint on Friday December 13, 2013 at an undisclosed location in Tangipahoa Parish.  The sobriety checkpoint will run from 7:30 P.M. to 1:30 A.M.  The checkpoint will be manned by Ponchatoula PD, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, Southeastern University PD, Hammond PD, and Louisiana State Police Troop L as an ongoing proactive effort to remove impaired drivers from the roadways.
 
In collaboration with Tangipahoa Reshaping Attitudes for Community Change (TRACC) the participating law enforcement agencies are determined to make our highways safe for the citizens that we are sworn to protect.

TRACC has received a “Safe Communities” grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission to help supplement and support the efforts of our local law enforcement agencies.  This grant is being utilized to provide medical professionals to these agencies during the sobriety patrols to conduct “No Refusal” enforcement.  The “NO REFUSAL” initiative works through the cooperative efforts of law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, and district judges to quickly obtain search warrants for blood samples from suspected impaired drivers who refuse to submit a breath sample.  During these specified enforcement efforts, prosecutors and judges are available to streamline the warrant acquisition process and help build solid cases that can lead to impaired driving convictions.

The consequences of drinking and driving can be costly no matter how many drinks you have consumed.  The task of stopping impaired drivers is a joint effort of law enforcement agencies and the public.  By never allowing an impaired driver to get behind the wheel of a vehicle and reporting dangerous drivers to law enforcement, the public can play an important role in the reduction of crashes caused by impaired drivers.  Making poor decisions in a vehicle such as driving impaired, driving while distracted, or not wearing a seat belt leads to serious injuries and deaths every day across the state.  Making the responsible decision can mean the difference between life and death.

Motorists that witness hazardous situations are urged to call *LSP (*577) and report that activity to the Louisiana State Police. 

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