Law enforcement will have extra patrols and sobriety checkpoints for holidays

(WAFB) - As we get closer to Christmas, don't be shocked to see more law enforcement officers on the road. Louisiana State Police says they're beefing up their patrols and DUI checkpoints.

There will be DWI checkpoints across the state and extra troopers on the road looking specifically for drunk and distracted drivers. The ramp up will start just before the Christmas weekend and continue through New Year's Day.

LSP Trooper Bryan Lee says no officer wants to ruin someone's holiday with bad news. "I know as a trooper, there was nothing worse than having to go and make notification during the holiday time," Lee said. "Especially on a Christmas morning, when everybody is preparing to open gifts, and you get a knock at a door from a trooper telling you that a loved one was killed in a crash."

LSP Trooper Glenn Younger sent out a press release with the following message:

Family traditions are what make the Christmas and New Year's holiday season the most wonderful time of the year! Celebrations with friends and family create memories that last a lifetime. However, there is one tradition that our Louisiana State Police family would like to break — the increase in serious injury and fatal crashes during the holidays. To combat this trend, troopers are joining forces with other law enforcement agencies to conduct proactive enforcement.

Livingston Parish Sherriff Jason Ard says his office will have a sobriety checkpoint on Friday night as well. The East Baton Rouge Parish and Ascension Parish Sheriff's Offices say drivers can expect the same patrols as last year.

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