The Natchitoches Police Department will conduct a sobriety checkpoint on Dec. 20 inside the city limits of Natchitoches. Officers will be looking for intoxicated drivers in an effort to deter people from drinking and driving during the holiday season. Officers will also be watching for other violations including open containers of alcohol in vehicles, no seat belt use, no proof of insurance and any other infractions. The checkpoint is funded by a grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.
According to LSU’s Center for Analytics and Research in Transportation Safety, 14 people were killed and 385 were injured in motor vehicle crashes in Natchitoches Parish in 2021; six of the fatalities and 24 of the injured involved alcohol use.
The Natchitoches Police Department would like to provide a few reminders to ensure you have a safe night of fun that does not include a DWI:
- Always use a designated sober driver.
- If you see a friend who is impaired try to provide them with other arrangements to find a sober way home.
- If you see an impaired driver on the road, call the Natchitoches Police Department to report it. You could save a life.
If you would like to report suspicious activity please contact the Natchitoches Police Department at (318) 352-8101. Remember all information given shall remain confidential.
How to report an anonymous tip via Natchitoches Crime Stoppers:
You can also report a tip anonymously by downloading the P3 Tips app on your smart phone or by calling Natchitoches Crime Stoppers at (318) 238-2388. All tips remain confidential and the caller can receive a cash reward up to $2,000 for the arrest of an offender.