Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over!
You can’t drive safely if you’re impaired. That’s why it’s illegal everywhere in America to drive under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, opioids, methamphetamines, or any potentially impairing drug prescribed or over the counter. Driving while impaired by any substance, legal or illegal, puts you and others in harm’s way.
In 2021, more than 40% of the motor vehicle crashes in Louisiana were alcohol-related. These alcohol-related crashes resulted in 315 fatalities. To address the issue, the Strategic Highway Safety Plan combines high visibility enforcement with education and media efforts. The No Refusal Policy is implemented to heighten public safety awareness that DWI is a crime, not simply a traffic offense. State and local law enforcement officials work year-round to identify impaired drivers and get them off our roads.
View the SHSP Impaired Driving Fact Sheet for Northeast Louisiana.
Impaired Driving Campaigns
If you have to do something to make yourself okay to drive, you’re not okay to drive.
The NELA HSP supports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign and the “If You Feel Different You Drive Different, Drive High Get a DUI” campaign to combat impaired driving.
Driving while impaired by any substance – legal or illegal – puts you and others in harm’s way.
Impaired drivers can’t accurately assess their own impairment – which is why no one should drive after using any impairing substances.
One person was killed every 39 minutes in a drunk driving crash on our nation’s roads in 2021.
Even a small amount of alcohol can affect driving ability. In 2021, there were 2,226 people killed in alcohol-related crashes where a driver had a BAC of .01 to .07.
Drunk Driving & Drugs
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, teens are more likely than anyone else to be killed in an alcohol-related crash.
Remind your teen that underage drinking is illegal, and driving under the influence of any impairing substance – including illicit, over-the-counter, and prescription drugs – could have deadly consequences. Drinking alcohol under the age of 21 is illegal in every state—inside or outside of a vehicle. Let your teen know: Law enforcement officers will be able to test for these substances.
If lucky enough to survive a crash as an impaired driver, your teenager will face the consequences of breaking the law. Make sure your teenagers know the consequences of breaking your state laws on drunk and drugged driving.
Be Responsible: Have a Plan
We can all save lives by making smarter choices. Here are a few tips to stay safe.
- Plan ahead for a sober driver if you plan to drink or use an impairing drug.
- If someone you know has been drinking or is under the influence of drugs, do not let that person get behind the wheel. Take their keys and help them arrange a sober ride home.
- If you’re hosting a party where alcohol or other substances will be used, it’s your job to make sure all guests leave with a sober driver.
- Always wear your seat belt, it’s your best defense against impaired drivers
- If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact local law enforcement. Your actions could help save someone’s life.
View the Impaired Driving 2024 Action Plan
impaired driving team leaders
Captain CJ Beck
West Monroe P.D., DRE, CARfit Certified
Trooper Ryan Davis
LSP Troop F PIO & DRE
Trooper Cole DeLasalle
LSP Troop F, CPS Technician
Trooper Jason Henson
LSP Troop F, DRE, CPS Technician
Trooper Ian Dollins
LSP Troop F, CPS Technician