The Bossier Sheriff’s Office is stepping up efforts to educate motorists about the dangers of drunk driving and remove impaired drivers from the roadways starting this weekend and continuing for the next three weeks as part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.
From Aug. 15 through Sept. 7, deputies will participate in the nationwide campaign sponsored by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The goal is to provide public awareness with a higher visibility of deputy presence and traffic enforcement, and to reduce the number of impaired drivers from the roads.
The campaign enhances the new DWI Enforcement Unit that Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington recently established. Ultimately, the goal of the enforcement unit and the three-week campaign is compliance with the law.
“We want to emphasize that driving under the influence will not be tolerated,” said Sgt. Jeff Pleasants, supervisor of the Traffic Team. “Innocent people get hurt, and nothing good comes out of impaired driving.”
In 2014, Bossier deputies made 99 DWI arrests. So far this year, deputies have made nearly that same amount of arrests with the increased effort to remove impaired drivers from behind the wheel.
“You may get away with it for a little while, but we’re going to catch you,” said Sheriff Whittington. “You may feel you don’t have any concern for your own life, but please consider the lives of others. We’re not saying you can’t drink…we’re just saying you can’t drink and drive.”
The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is funded by grant money administered by Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.