Gonzales Police officers work overtime on year-long checkpoint campaign

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A year-long grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission provided funds to pay off-duty Gonzales Police officers to work overtime to conduct sobriety checkpoints, according to a release.

Officers worked more than 362 hours of overtime from October 2007 to September 2008.

They conducted six checkpoints, and stopped 1,393 vehicles. Of those, 63 drivers were administered field sobriety tests.

Officers arrested 32 drivers on DWI charges. Eight drivers refused to take the Blood Alcohol Content test, and BAC levels for the other drivers ranged from .08 percent to .308 percent. The statutory limit for adults is .08 percent.

One driver was charged with third-offense DWI and another with fourth-offense DWI.

The youngest driver arrested was 17, and the oldest was 47.

Other charges included five driving under suspension, six no drivers license, four speeding, one reckless operation and 29 other violations. One driver was charged with child endangerment due to the age of a passenger. Several of the drivers were charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Others were charged with possession of Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substances. Officers issued 15 citations for open container and three citations for possession of alcohol by a minor. Officers also arrested three juveniles for curfew violations.

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

The year-long overtime grant ended Sept. 30, 2008. The Gonzales Police Department has received another grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission for Oct. 1, 2008-Sept. 30, 2009.

Sobriety checkpoints, speeding and occupant safety enforcement will continue, according to the release.