In Louisiana State Police Troop G, 27 fatal crashes were investigated in 2012, with 22% of those Louisiana auto accidents involving impaired drivers.
Louisiana’s DUI or DWI laws apply to operators of motor vehicles, aircraft, watercraft, vessel, or other means of conveyance. Under Louisiana law, La.R.S. 13:98.1, an operator or driver under the age of 21 found to have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .02 or more will be charged with DWI. Under La. R.S. 13:98, an operator or driver over the age of 21 found to have a BAC of .08 or more will be charged with DWI.
Under La. R.S. 9:2798.4, if an accident occurs, no person is liable for the injury, death, or loss of the operator or driver of a motor vehicle, aircraft, watercraft, or vessel if he/she is found to be in excess of 25% negligent as a result of his/her BAC being in excess of .08, and the negligence was a contributing factor causing the damage.
In order to combat drunk driving and with the support from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, the Louisiana State Police will conduct a DWI checkpoint in Bienville Parish, Louisiana, on June 19-20, 2013, at an undisclosed location. The DWI checkpoint will be conducted from approximately 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or suffered a wrongful death caused by a drunk driver, contact experienced Baton Rouge, Louisiana car wreck attorney, Scott Andrews, at the Louisiana injury law firm of Dué, Guidry, Piedrahita & Andrews to schedule a free consultation.