SMPD plans crackdown on drunk driving

St. Martinville — In an effort to thwart drunk driving, and not holiday revelry, the Police Department here is stepping up DWI enforcement within the city.

Police Chief Paula Smith has recently obtained a grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission that is being dedicated to enforcing DWI laws by equipping police vehicles with cameras and other equipment, training.

Some of the funds are appropriated to pay overtime wages for specially trained officers who will be patrolling city streets to catch suspected drunk drivers.

“The police department is alerting all motorists that if you plan to drive under the influence, find a designated driver or you will be provided a ride to jail,” said Chief Administration Officer Todd D’Albor.

“There is a zero tolerance policy if you are caught intoxicated behind the wheel of a vehicle.”

The department has already begun this enforcement and will continue its efforts in order to keep its citizens safe on city streets.

D’Albor insisted that this increased effort will not just last during the holidays, but will continue throughout the year to crack down on drunk drivers.

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