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Shreveport Police will hold a DWI checkpoint Friday, April 14th, 2023, in North Shreveport. 

The checkpoint will begin at 10:00 p.m. on Friday, April 14th, 2023, and run until 4:00 a.m. Saturday, April 15th, 2023. The checkpoint is also part of a collaborative effort between multiple agencies (Louisiana State Police and Caddo Sheriff) to emphasize our commitment to making the streets of our city safe for everyone. 

Vehicles that enter the checkpoint will be briefly stopped by officers. This checkpoint will target drivers who may be operating a vehicle while impaired but are not limited to this offense. 

Funding for the checkpoint is provided by a grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission as part of the continuing effort to help curb the number of impaired drivers who take to the streets each year in our community. 

How to Prevent & Reduce Drunk Driving

According to TheZebra.com, here are some things you can do to help prevent drunk driving.

These statistics help us begin to understand how prevalent drunk driving issues are, but many alcohol-related incidents and accidents remain unreported each year. Reducing drunk driving arrests and fatalities comes down to making responsible choices. If you choose to drink, make a plan in advance to find a safe ride home. 

What you can do: 

  • Before you drink, designate someone as a non-drinking driver. 
  • If you’ve been drinking, find a sober ride home like a cab or ride-share. 
  • Never let someone else who has been drinking drive a vehicle. 
  • Don’t get in the car with a driver who has been drinking. 

What policymakers and law enforcement can do: 

  • Enforce “zero tolerance” laws for people under the age of 21. 
  • Set up sobriety checkpoints to allow officers to stop and check for impaired drivers. 
  • Install and mandate that first-time and repeat drunk driving offenders use ignition interlocks to check their BAC before driving. 
  • Enact strict license revocation or suspension laws. 
  • Increase drunk driving education and treatment for those at risk of alcohol abuse.  

Drinking and driving has costly consequences. If convicted of a DUI, you’ll likely have to pay higher insurance rates, in addition to thousands of dollars or more in fines, legal fees, and damages. More importantly, drunk driving could take someone else’s life or cost you your own. 

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