The Louisiana State Police (LSP) will be conducting a seatbelt and sobriety checkpoint in Calcasieu Parish this weekend, in an effort to increase the use of seatbelt's and combat impaired driving.  LSP Troop D will set up a checkpoint on Friday, March 13, between 8:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. at an undisclosed location in Calcasieu Parish.

According to Troop D:

Our mission will be to ticket vehicle occupants who are not properly restrained or who choose not to properly restrain children in the vehicle as well as to remove impaired drivers from the road before they cause injury or death to themselves or others.

In 2014, 58 percent of people who died in crashes in our state were not wearing a seatbelt. Wearing a seatbelt is the single most effective thing motorists can do to protect themselves in the event of a crash.

It is required by law in Louisiana for all vehicle occupants to be properly restrained, both day and night. Children who require a child safety seat should be properly restrained in an age and weight appropriate restraint. Buckle up Louisiana. Every trip. Every time.

As always people, don’t drink and drive. Always designate a sober driver.

If you suspect someone of impaired driving, you are encouraged to dial *LSP (*577) from your cellular device, or simply contact your local law enforcement agency.

Drive sober or get pulled over!