A recently released study by the Governors Highway Safety Association says there has been a seismic shift in America: more drivers are high on drugs than drunk. The group examined data from 2016 to make its determination.
It takes a little more than four hours to drive east on interstate 10 and other highways to get to Cut Off, Louisiana. The 200-mile distance can be covered easily enough in a car, but what if you were driving a lawn mower? The town of less than 6,000 in Lafourche Parish recently garnered some national attention when one of its residents was arrested for drunk driving – on a lawn mower.
The American Diabetes Association says that more than 30 million Americans are diabetic, which is about seven times the population of Louisiana. People with diabetes often struggle with related health issues, including increased risks of glaucoma, heart disease, neuropathy and nerve damage.
Regular readers of our Lake Charles legal blog will recall that early this year we wrote a post about problems with LACE (Local Agency Compensated Enforcement), a program designed to strengthen local law enforcement agencies across Louisiana. LACE was funded by local district attorneys who contracted with the State Police to have troopers help local agencies enforce traffic laws.
Everyone has at least a vague understanding that Louisiana's drunk driving laws are among the toughest in the nation, but the details of the specific punishments are often unclear to the average person. Even people who are lifelong residents are often unprepared for the laundry list of harsh punishments a person can face after an arrest for driving while intoxicated.
If you drive north of Lake Charles on Martin Luther King Highway for about four and a half hours, you will arrive in Haughton, Louisiana. The small Bossier Parish town is known for its schools, parks and library. It's also famous for the 199-foot cross towering above its Church of the Cross.
You have to drive east of Lake Charles on I-10 for a few hours to get to St Tammany Parish. Last year, a sheriff's deputy known there for making drunk driving arrests pulled over a Slidell man and began conducting a field sobriety test. After the test, the deputy arrested the man on a drunk driving charge.
Parishes across Louisiana were shaken this winter by revelations that the LACE program, the goal of which was to strengthen local law enforcement, had developed into an apparent payroll scam.
Many regular readers of our Lake Charles legal blog will remember a joke President Ronald Reagan told years ago. "The nine most terrifying words in the English language are," the president said, "'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'"
In some ways, the lights atop a police car can appear festive when they flash. During the holiday season, police car lights might even remind you of a Christmas tree. But there is no doubt that when a police car lights up in your rear-view mirror, it causes a sinking feeling. If you were drinking before getting behind the wheel of your vehicle, being pulled over by Lake Charles police can mean that you will face arrest for drunk driving, jail time, fines, mandated installation of an ignition interlock device and more.