Louisiana State Police (LAPD) Troop D plans to conduct a DUI and seat belt checkpoint on Friday, Feb. 24. The American Press reports the LAPD will be in an undisclosed area in or around the Lake Charles area. Drivers can expect the checkpoint to start at 6 pm and end at midnight.

The DUI and seatbelt checkpoint and location have not been released. The goal is to save lives and reduce traffic fatalities due to unrestrained occupants. So, buckle up SWLA! For that same reason, state troopers will be looking for impaired drivers Friday evening as well.

According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), front-seat passengers wearing a seatbelt limit their chances of moderate to fatal injury by 50% and of dying by 45%. Even more shocking, 47% of people who die in car accidents were not wearing a seatbelt. In 2022, 33% of crashes in Louisiana were alcohol-related.

Residents in Calcasieu Parish are urged to report impaired motorists by calling 911 or *LSP (*577) to contact the closest State Police location. Prevention is the name of the game. As always, don't drink and drive. It is better to have a designated driver or call an UBER rather than risk your life and others.

This DUI and seatbelt checkpoint is being sponsored by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

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