Lake Charles –
The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office has received $103,125 in grant funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission to conduct additional traffic safety enforcement activities throughout the year to reduce traffic crashes and the resulting deaths and injuries. The funding began on October 1, 2015 and will end September 30, 2016. “We are very pleased to receive this grant which will allow us to have more patrol deputies on the road enforcing traffic laws that will help to keep our citizens safe,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso. “This will allow us to continue conducting multiple DWI and seatbelt checkpoints throughout the parish looking for, and arresting or ticketing, those violators that make it dangerous for the law-abiding drivers.”
The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will participate in the “Buckle Up In Your Truck” traffic safety campaign from April 22 until April 28, 2016. Between May 23 and June 5, 2016, the Sheriff’s Office will be participating in the ‘Click It or Ticket’ seatbelt enforcement mobilization to target motorists who are not wearing seatbelts. “Seatbelts save thousands of lives every year, but many motorists are still not buckling up, especially at night,” said Sheriff Tony Mancuso. “More unrestrained crashes which result in fatalities happen at night compared to crashes during the daytime.”
From August 19 through September 5, 2016, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be out in full force as part of the annual nationwide ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ crackdown on drunk driving, which will include high-visibility enforcement campaigned to curb drunk driving and underage drinking. “Research has shown that approximately one-third of all traffic crash fatalities in the United States involve drunk drivers. Research also shows that high-visibility enforcement like ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign can reduce drunk driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. By joining this nationwide effort, we will make Calcasieu Parish roadways safer for everyone,” said Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.