BRPD will continue DWI checkpoints going into holiday season

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Baton Rouge police held a DWI checkpoint last Friday night at 10400 Greenwell Springs road. 446 cars were screened and five DWI's were issued. Nine hazardous citations and 21 other violations were ticketed.

"We're going to continue to do this, not only to the suspected impaired driving checkpoints, but we're going to have speeding enforcement, seat belt checkpoints and what we're trying to do is prevent crashes and fatalities during this holiday season," says Cpl. Don Coppola of Baton Rouge Police.

District Attorney Hillar Moore, III says he's on board with that type of police stop. "Its been publicized by the police department that they are going to continue these roadblocks for several months, particularly through the holiday season and I believe they are having a positive impact with less people drinking and driving," says Moore.

But check points are controversial according to defense attorney Glynn Delatte. "I still feel like they are an infringement against your constitutional right to be left alone in this state. Do you realize that the Louisiana Supreme Court supported checkpoints based on the United States Supreme Court in a case called Michigan v Sids? The problem is Michigan does not allow check points anymore," says Delatte.

Police will not announce where a checkpoint will be conducted but they do say when they plan on having them.

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