(Lt. Bill Davis/Bossier Sheriff’s Office) Bossier Sheriff’s Deputy Wood of the newly-established DWI Enforcement Unit, conducts a horizontal gaze nystagmus (HGN) test, which gauges the driver’s ability to track a moving object with their eyes, during a Standard Field Sobriety Test, in order to determine any impairment. 

The Bossier Sheriff’s Office will participate in a statewide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign from June 30 – July 5 to identify and remove impaired drivers from the roadways during the Fourth of July weekend.

“Typically, there are more impaired drivers on the roads during the weekends and nights, but that number goes even higher during this time of year and other festive occasions,” said Sgt. Jeff Pleasants, Bossier Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit supervisor.

Deputies will be out all throughout the parish day and night, and the objective is to keep everyone on the roadways safe.

“Sheriff Whittington’s primary goal is compliance with the law,” said Pleasants.  “Driving while impaired affects more than just the person behind the wheel.  We want to educate residents before they cause injury or death to themselves or others.”

In 2015, Bossier deputies made 194 DWI arrests.  For 2016, from January to May, deputies have made 122 DWI arrests.  These statistics do not include arrests made by Bossier City Police Department or Louisiana State Police.

“We want residents to enjoy the holidays and extended weekends, but be responsible when doing so,” said Sheriff Whittington.  “We want to keep everyone safe on the roadways.  All it takes is one irresponsible choice to ruin your life or another’s life.”

The campaign is being conducted as part of a $14,040 grant awarded to the Bossier Sheriff’s Office from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission for DWI Enforcement and will be conducted by law enforcement agencies statewide.