Over the Fourth of July weekend, Louisiana State Police arrested 229 motorists for driving while intoxicated. Of that number, five involved a ‘No Refusal’ initiative where the motorists were required to provide blood samples to check blood alcohol content.
The ‘No Refusal’ campaign was conducted in selected areas around the state. When a law enforcement officer suspected drunk driving in Louisiana and the motorist refused to submit to a breath test, a search warrant was requested from a judge. The warrant allowed troopers to take the LA DWI suspect to a medical facility and have a blood sample drawn. Though the BAC result would not be known until the sample was tested at a toxicology lab, the suspects were arrested for DWI in Louisiana and booked into jail.
State troopers say that the drunk driving crackdown contributed to only one traffic related death over the extended Independence Day weekend. Investigators of that single vehicle accident suspect the victim was not impaired, and suffered injuries from not wearing a seat belt.
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