The Memorial Day weekend officially begins this Friday, May 28, and the Louisiana State Police have announced there will be a sobriety and seat belt checkpoint in Calcasieu Parish on Friday evening.

With all the folks planning to get out for an extended weekend, the roadways will be cluttered with travelers and folks heading to Memorial Day parties. You will need to do it responsibly by having a designated driver or using a ride share.

The checkpoint will take place at an undisclosed location in Calcasieu Parish from 6:00pm to midnight. Officers will be looking for impaired drivers and checking to see if you are wearing your seat belt.

During the holiday weekend, you can also help be a deterrent by reporting impaired drivers. If you see an impaired driver, you are encouraged to dial *LSP (*577) from your to reach the nearest Louisiana State Police troop location or dial 911 to contact local law enforcement.

The reason they do these checkpoints is to keep the roadways safe, especially on a holiday weekend when the roadways have above normal traffic.  It is to deter folks from getting on the road impaired.

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