Causeway Police are joining other law enforcement agencies for the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign” which runs during the Labor Day holiday (August 14, 2019 through September 2, 2019). This period of time is considered one of the deadliest times on U.S. roads. The campaign is coordinated and funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.
According to the NHTSA during the 2017 Labor Day holiday period, 10,874 people were killed in drinking and driving crashes. Of those accidents, 37% of the drivers were drunk at the time of the crash. 45% of those drivers were between the ages of 21 through 34 years old. 79% of those DUI fatalities occurred at night.
“Our officers will be focusing efforts on impaired driving during the annual nationwide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign” stated General Manager Carlton Dufrechou “This backs our mission to make all our commuters’ across the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge and Huey P. Long Bridge safe and timely.”
To report impaired drivers, commuters are encouraged to dial *27 (*CP) from their cellular phone or 504-835-3116 to contact the Causeway and Huey P. Long Police dispatch.