The Bossier City Police Department is partnering with the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission this month to target underage drinking and driving.
As part of an LHSC state wide campaign to keep young drivers safe during this season of proms, graduations and end of school celebrations, the BCPD’s DWI Task Force will be focusing its patrols this month on motorists under 21 years of age who choose to drink and drive.
Not only is it illegal for persons younger than 21 to consume alcoholic beverages, Louisiana law also makes it a crime for anyone under 21 to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration level of at least .02%. That’s compared to the .08% BAC legal limit for persons 21 and older. So just one alcoholic beverage is all it can take for a young driver to be impaired and face a criminal charge.
According to the National Highway Safety Commission, underage drivers who consume alcohol experience more fatalities at lower blood alcohol levels than do adults. Compared to adults young people are less experienced drivers and drinkers which can put them at significantly greater risk for a serious crash than an adult who has consumed the same amount of alcohol and is roughly the same physical size. Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among teens in the United States and nearly one-third of those crashes are alcohol-related.
The BCPD’s DWI Task Force conducts enforcement patrols year round and is funded in part by grant money provide by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.