With the Independence Day holiday falling on Friday, Louisiana highway safety officials warn traffic will likely be heavy on the state's roads as many take advantage of the holiday weekend.
Louisiana State Police and law enforcement agencies from across the state have joined the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, which features officers working additional overtime patrols July 2nd-6th.
The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is a nationwide effort coordinated in
An estimated 90% of holiday travel is by personal motor vehicle, meaning the long Independence Day weekend will likely see thousands of additional cars on
"More vehicles on the road and people driving longer distances usually results in more crashes, more injuries and more fatalities," said Lt. Col. John LeBlanc, executive director of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission. "Alcohol is a factor in more than 40% of all vehicle crash deaths in
In 2012, the most recent year for which final statistics are available, alcohol was a factor in all three of the traffic deaths during the Independence Day break.
In addition to the fatalities, 207 people were injured during the 2012 Independence Day holiday in
Traffic fatalities in
"The high visibility campaigns we have coordinated are raising awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and other behaviors that can result in fatal and injury crashes," LeBlanc said. "We concentrate these campaigns during periods when more vehicles are on the road and impaired driving is a greater problem."
Driving while intoxicated is a serious offense in
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