BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - DWI patrols will ramp up during the Fourth of July holiday, according to the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.
LHSC said that the effort is a part of Louisiana's Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.
According to an LSU study, 374 fatal and injury crashes took place over 2014's four-day July 4 holiday, injuring 650, and killing 10. 70 percent of the reported fatalities were alcohol related.
"The Fourth of July is a time of celebration, parades, and parties," said LHSC Executive Director John LeBlanc. "There are always some who will mar the celebrations by driving impaired and causing accidents. In addition, the holiday tends to be a popular one for travel, particularly when it occurs over a weekend, as it does this year."
Statistics from LHSC show that traffic fatalities in Louisiana have dropped almost 30% from 2007. The drop is attributed to safety initiatives like Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.