Landry releases GPD overtime grant statistics

Staff reports

A yearlong grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission provided funds to pay off-duty Gonzales Police officers to work overtime on impaired driving, speeding and seatbelt enforcement between October 2007 and September 2008, Chief Bill Landry said in a release Tuesday.

GPD officers worked a total of 362.5 hours overtime as part of the grant, Landry said. The officers conducted six sobriety checkpoints, where they stopped 1,393 vehicles and administered field sobriety tests to 63 drivers.

Officers arrested 32 drivers on DWI charges, while eight drivers refused to take the BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) test. BAC ‘s for the remaining drivers ranged from .08 percent to .308 percent. The statutory limit for adults is .08 percent.

One driver was charged with a third-offense DWI and another with a fourth-offense DWI, Landry said. The youngest driver arrested was 17 and the oldest was 47.

Other charges include five for driving under suspension, six for having no driver’s license, four speeding infractions, one reckless operation charge and 29 other violations. One driver was also charged with child endangerment, due to the age of a passenger, the chief said.

Several of the drivers were also charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, Landry said. Another was charged with possession of Ecstasy and another with possession of Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS).

Officers issued 15 citations for open container and three citations for possession of alcohol by a minor, Landry reported. Officers also arrested three juveniles for curfew violation.

During the Occupant Protection Enforcement campaign, officers issued 334 citations for seatbelt and child restraint violations. Officers issued 134 citations during the Speed Enforcement campaign.

The yearlong overtime grant ended Sept. 30. Landry said.