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2020 Mardi Gras Season Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over Campaign Scheduled For Thibodaux

Thibodaux Chief of Police Bryan Zeringue is pleased to announce that the Thibodaux Police Department will be participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign beginning February 14th, 2020 and ending on February 27th, 2020. This campaign is centered on the Mardi Gras season and is funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.
 
Utilizing the Louisiana Highway Safety grant, Thibodaux Police Officers will be assigned to saturation patrols with the goal of keeping our families safe as they travel on the roadway during the Mardi Gras Season. Members of the Thibodaux Police Department will also be assisting the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office with a D.W.I. Check Point during this wave.
 
Chief Zeringue wants to remind all drivers who are suspected of DWI if they refuse to submit to a breathalyzer test, they will lose their driver’s license for one year (first offense). For a second offense, the penalty increases to two years. Anyone convicted of a DWI offense while their driver’s license is suspended because of another DWI offense will face automatic prison time. The City of Thibodaux falls within Lafourche Parish, which is a “No Refusal” parish, meaning if a driver suspected DWI refuses a breathalyzer test, officers will seek a search warrant to have that person’s blood tested.
 
Chief Zeringue and the Thibodaux Police Department would like to offer a few safety tips to keep you and your loved ones safe.
 

  • Never drive if you have had anything containing alcohol to drink
  • Even legal medication can make you unfit to drive safely. A few of those medications are tranquilizers, narcotic pain pills, sleep medicines, some antidepressants, cough medicines, antihistamines and decongestants.
  • Plan a safe way to get home before the party starts
  • If you plan to walk home, have a sober friend secure you a cab or uber. Walking impaired is not safe.
  • If in Thibodaux, report impaired drivers to the Thibodaux Police Department at 985-446-5021 or Dial 9-1-1 in case of an Emergency.

 
Chief Zeringue and the Thibodaux Police Department would like to thank all of our partners for helping spread the word about the importance of not drinking and driving – even if it is just one drink. Together, we can keep Thibodaux safe and a great place to live. Chief Zeringue and the Thibodaux wishes everyone a Happy & Safe Mardi Gras Season.

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