Wednesday February 27, 2019

As of January 31, 2019, there have been 20 DWI arrests on the Causeway Bridge.

There have been 20 DWI arrests on the Causeway Bridge so far this year.

Fat Tuesday is a day of huge celebration that includes parades, parties, and great food to indulge in before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. In Louisiana, Mardi Gras is also, unfortunately, one of the deadliest holidays for drunk-driving crashes.

During a five day period prior to Mardi Gras in 2018, there were 465 crashes with injuries, tying with Christmas for the most in a holiday period, according to figures from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission. The crashes resulted in 6 deaths. Alcohol was involved in 46 of the crashes and 2 of the deaths.

The consequences of a DUI will last a long time after Mardi Gras – fines, possible jail terms, a police record, employment problems, community service, an ignition interlock on your vehicle, and more. Select a designated driver prior to celebrating. If there is no designator driver, call a Taxi or use a ride-share service. Please have a happy and safe Mardi Gras!