Sep 23, 2010 3:26 PM
Sheriff Bobby Guidroz stated that "According to the U. S. Department of transportation, 16-20 year olds have the highest risk of being killed in a traffic crash of any age group. We don't want any youth in St. Landry Parish to become part of this tragic statistic."
"To help address underage drinking and driving on homecoming night, a number of deputies will be working on DWI saturation patrols. They will be patrolling in marked and unmarked units. These deputies will be operating on zero tolerance for all traffic offenses. DWI patrols are aimed at saving lives in St. Landry Parish," Guidroz said.
Joan Godeaux, Projector Director for the Parish's alcohol abuse prevention grant, states "This type of enforcement effort, when paired with community support and awareness, keeps the future of St. Landry Parish, these graduating seniors and other youth safer and promotes a healthier community. "
The homecoming night DWI saturation patrols are funded under the St. Landry Parish Strategic Prevention Framework Grant. More information is available at: www.stlandrykids.org . This is a collaborative effort between the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office and the Children and Youth Services Planning Board.
The Sheriff said, "I remind high school students to "enjoy homecoming night without alcohol or other drugs. No one else, parents or school personnel, can make that decision for our youth. Driving impaired or riding with someone who is impaired is not worth the risk. The consequences are serious. Not only do you risk your life and the lives of others. A crash could result in injuries and arrest for driving while impaired. Violators face jail time, the loss or suspension of their driver license, and increased insurance rates."