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Louisiana police increasing DUI enforcement over the holidays

December tends to be a dangerous and deadly month on Louisiana’s roads and highways. In December 2013, for instance, 59 people were killed in 55 fatal crashes around the state. Many of these crashes involved an allegedly impaired driver.

In light of such statistics, it should come as no surprise that Louisiana law enforcement agencies have already begun a period of increased enforcement. The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign began on December 12 and will run through New Year’s Day. During this campaign, drivers face a significantly higher risk of being pulled over and charged with any number of offenses, especially drunk driving.

Throughout 2013, police in Louisiana made 21,680 arrests for driving while intoxicated (also called driving under the influence). Many of these arrests were made during periods of increased enforcement surrounding holidays that are traditionally associated with higher rates of drunk driving.

If you’ll be attending holiday parties this month or otherwise drinking alcohol, it is a good idea to plan ahead in order to minimize your chances of getting pulled over. Arranging for a designated driver to get you home is always a good idea. If one is unavailable, please consider taking a bus or taxi rather than getting behind the wheel.

And if you do find yourself facing drunk driving charges, you should not wait until the holidays are over before calling an experienced criminal defense attorney. There is simply too much at stake and your attorney will need to help you get started right away.

Source: KATC 3, “Statewide 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign starts Friday,” Dec. 9, 2014

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