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Last week, the Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office announced that they would be holding a sobriety checkpoint Friday, March 31st, 2023, at an undisclosed location in the parish. The DWI checkpoint was held in Haughton, LA and these are the results of the operation.

The checkpoint was held in the 4600 block of Highway 80 in Haughton, LA, near the Forest Hills subdivision and Wafer Road. A total of 431 vehicles were screened during the checkpoint which resulted in 13 additional traffic stops. Deputies issued 22 citations for various violations and 12 field sobriety tests were performed, resulting in 2 DWI arrests. A total of four arrests were made during the operation with the additional charges stemming from outstanding warrants, drug possession, and underage possession of alcoholic beverages.

Courtesy of the Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office
Courtesy of the Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office
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Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington says, “These sobriety checkpoints help raise public awareness of impaired driving which helps reduce the number of alcohol-related/impaired crashes every year. These checkpoints are meticulously planned and coordinated to remove impaired drivers from the highways and roads which makes it safer for everyone. Out of the 643 people contacted by deputies and troopers during the checkpoint, not one complaint was received. This is proof positive that the public understands that these checkpoints are important to keeping the roads in Bossier Parish safe.”

Citizens are always encouraged to report suspected impaired drivers. The Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office can be reached by calling (318) 965-2203 24 hours a day or residents can call 911 in case of an emergency.

Original Post Published March 29, 2023, 8:51 am

The Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office has announced plans to hold a DWI checkpoint this weekend.

Unfortunately, even in 2023, with numerous ways to find a safe way home, people still tend to overindulge and get behind the wheel without regard for their safety or the safety of others. Remember, it's never okay to drink and drive. Always make sure that before you start your 'celebrations' you have a sober driver lined up or a ridesharing app ready to go on your phone.

The Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office has scheduled a DWI checkpoint starting on Friday, March 31st, 2023, at 9 pm and running through Saturday morning, April 1st, 2023, at an undisclosed location. The campaign is a concerted effort to get impaired drivers off our roads and protect Bossier Parish and Louisiana families from the danger of drunk drivers. However, while they're targeting impaired driving, the checkpoint will not be limited to any one offense.

In addition to the Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office, other agencies like the Louisiana State Police, Bossier City Police Department, and the West
Monroe Police Department will be on hand to assist in the operation. In short, they're pulling out all the stops!

The funds to conduct the sobriety checkpoint are thanks to a grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission for DWI Enforcement.

Citizens are always encouraged to report suspected impaired drivers. The Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office can be reached by calling (318) 965-2203 24 hours a day or residents can call 911 in case of an emergency.

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