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Bossier Sheriff's Office Receives State Grant to Curb DWI

Posted: Jan 15, 2020 11:04 AM
Updated: Jan 24, 2020 2:04 PM

Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington is pleased to announce that the Bossier Sheriff’s Office has been awarded the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission Impaired Driving Enforcement grant for 2020.

The $14,000 grant will be used to increase enforcement of impaired driving and other traffic violations, such as seat belt usage and speed laws, in order to keep motorists safe.

“If you were driving down the road and knew there were other people behind the wheel who were impaired also on the roadway, how would you feel?” suggested Sgt. Ryan Rhodes, patrol supervisor for the Bossier Sheriff’s Office. “Likely rather angry, knowing the safety of you and your loved ones is at risk. These funds will enable us to focus our efforts on removing impaired driving from the roadways, so motorists can feel safe.”

The grant will also be used in setting up checkpoints throughout Bossier Parish to identify and remove impaired drivers; these checkpoints are typically worked alongside the Louisiana State Police and other law enforcement agencies in the parish.

“Our patrol deputies already do an outstanding job in identifying and arresting impaired drivers, but this grant will even further our efforts to remove motorists driving under the influence,” said Sheriff Whittington. “You can also help us by calling our dispatchers at any time if you suspect someone is driving impaired,” Sheriff Whittington emphasized.