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Drunk driving arrests could increase soon

Some people in Louisiana may soon see an increased number of police officers on the road. Backed by a grant, one sheriff's office plans to increase checkpoints, officers and dedicated traffic patrols as they target a handful of violations. Although the department plans to go after a number of traffic violations, they have singled out potential drunk drivers at the top of their list.

Driver faces multiple charges for alleged drunk driving accident

Charges for driving while intoxicated can be especially serious when filed alongside other criminal allegations. A man in Louisiana is currently facing multiple charges for what authorities describe as a drunk driving accident. Two people -- including the driver -- were injured in the wreck, and another was killed.

Fatal accident leads to drunk driving homicide charges

Blood alcohol concentration tests are not always reliable. Nevertheless, when drivers in Louisiana find their BAC measures .08 or higher, they may conclude there is no reason to fight the drunk driving charges against them. However, this is not always the best course of action. In fact, for many, accepting the charges and their potential penalties may disrupt their lives in unimaginable ways.

Saints player facing drunk driving charges

Willie Snead, a player for the New Orleans Saints, is facing criminal charges related to an intoxicated driving accident in June. Earlier in the summer, he was arrested and charged with drunk driving and for failing to remain in control of his vehicle. The arrest came after law enforcement arrived on the scene of the accident and allegedly noticed signs of possible intoxication.

Drunk driving charges for Louisiana man after fatal accident

Driving under the influence is never acceptable, and those who do so place others' lives in danger. However, it is also true that Louisiana law enforcement may sometimes be overly zealous in their attempts to stop drunk driving. Additionally, tests that determine the intoxication of a driver are not always reliable, and the precision of this kind of evidence is crucial when a driver is accused of vehicular homicide.

Louisiana drunk driving charge filed against 2 people

Criminal charges for driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol are treated seriously in Louisiana, which is understandable. If police suspect someone of being a drunk driver, that individual will likely be stopped and questioned. Many times, field sobriety tests and a Breathalyzer test will be administered. If the driver fails, an arrest will likely follow.

Drunk driving leaves Louisiana teen with severe injuries

It can be tragic when an accident happens that leaves a person injured. This is especially true when the victim is a child or teen. This is what occurred in Louisiana on a warm spring evening in 2008, when the lives of two people were changed forever as a result of drunk driving.

Louisiana drunk driving: The HGN test -- what is the purpose?

Many question whether field sobriety tests that are used to check drivers for impairment are accurate. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration believes that they are accurate enough to continue using them. Does that mean that those in Louisiana who are charged with drunk driving cannot fight the results of such tests? No.

Louisiana drunk driving: What is the walk-and-turn test?

In a previous post, this column addressed one of the several standardized field sobriety tests used in Louisiana, the one-leg stand test. This week's post will go over another test that is commonly used on those suspected of drunk driving, the walk and turn. Why is it used and is it an accurate measurement of impairment?

Louisiana drunk driving: What is the one-leg stand test?

Louisiana residents who have been pulled over for suspected impairment may be asked to perform field sobriety tests. One such test is called the one-leg stand test. While this is considered to be a good way for police officers to test for drunk driving, it is not without its faults.