St. John “No Refusal” Sobriety Checkpoint planned Thursday

Published 9:00 am Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop B, Troop C and the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office will conduct a Sobriety Checkpoint at approximately 8 p.m. Thursday in St. John the Baptist Parish.

Authorities said it is a “No Refusal” checkpoint, meaning those who refuse are arrested for DWI. Troopers then obtain a warrant for their blood. The blood will then be submitted to the LSP Crime Lab and toxicology tests will be performed.

Troopers and Deputies said working together is an effort to keep impaired drivers off roadways and ensure everyone’s safety.

Authorities said sobriety checkpoints are effective enforcement tools because they serve as a deterrent to impaired driving.

The task of stopping impaired drivers is a joint effort of law enforcement agencies and the public, State Police said. 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.

To report dangerous drivers or hazardous roadway conditions, call *LSP (*577) from your cell phone.