Louisiana sees its fair share of drunk drivers every single day. Drinking and driving is common, but it is certainly more prevalent at certain times of the year. Over Christmas, New Year's and other holidays, for example, the state sees quite a few DUI-related accidents and arrests.
A Louisiana man was out Halloween night with three children in his car when he was pulled over by police for speeding. This traffic stop ultimately ended with the driver being arrested and charged with DUI, child endangerment and various other charges. The consequences for these charges can be quite severe.
Many Louisiana residents have already begun creating their guest lists and planning their menus for the upcoming holiday season. Whether you're an early planner or one who tends to wait to the last minute to get things done, the one thing you don't need is to face legal problems before the holidays get underway. If you enjoy imbibing a drink or two when you're kicking back for a night out with your spouse or friends, you may want to research various practical tips for avoiding DUI.
A Louisiana woman was recently arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. In an unusual twist, she was in the process of attempting to post bail for her friend. Police claim the friend was a drunk driver as well, having been arrested and incarcerated about an hour before the woman made her way to help.
A man has been arrested after police claim that one of their own was injured due to the man's impaired driving. A 29-year-old man from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has been accused of DUI after a deputy suffered moderate injuries in a crash allegedly involving the accused. The officer was alongside the road, helping with another accident when the crash occurred.
A Louisiana man is facing charges after being found lying facedown in a ditch. The alleged drunk driver was said to have consumed as many as 20 beers before he crashed his pickup truck. Police say they found the man while responding to a disturbance complaint. His truck was found smashed against a nearby tree.
A man has been charged in a wreck that left his own 1-year-old son injured. The Louisiana father was allegedly drinking and driving in a pickup when he ran a stop sign. A state trooper reportedly witnessed the violation. The trooper also stated that he saw a baby in the front seat of the truck and the father smoking a cigarette. At the time, the trooper was not aware that it could be a drunk driver.
A Louisiana police officer has been fired after charges that she was drinking and driving in her police cruiser. The public information officer in Mandeville was apparently terminated after she was investigated by internal affairs. She is suspected of DUI, after being found behind the wheel of her police cruiser with alcohol allegedly in her system. She apparently admitted to having a few drinks before driving the vehicle.
Although most police officers are good men and women who risk their lives daily to protect and serve the public, there are a few who abuse the power of the badge. In the case of one Louisiana police officer, three plaintiffs were able to prove that abuse took place. Damages were awarded for the case in which an officer threatened to falsely accuse them of DUI if they did not expose themselves to him.
In all 50 states, traffic laws have become more and more strict in cases of driving under the influence. Some states, such as Louisiana, have even added extra penalties for the amount of blood alcohol in the driver's system at the time of arrest. While most first and second DWI offenses are classified as misdemeanors, anyone who is facing his or her third or higher offense cold be facing a felony and prison time as well.