CHIEF'S CORNER: From Gonzales Police Chief Sherman Jackson

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Q: What is the meaning of “implied consent” in connection with drunk driving?

A: Implied concent refers to the following: When you operate a motor vehicle, it is implied that you have given your permission to submit to a chemical test(s) of your blood, urine or breath to determine alcohol or drug content when arresed for driving under the influence of either drugs and/or alcohol.

Q: What if a driver refuses to submit to testing?

A: (LA R.S. 32:666 and 32:667) Refusing to Submit to an approved test for intoxication will result in the suspension of your driver’s license for 180 days on first refusal and 545 days for subsequent refusals. Evidence of refusal shall be admissible in any criminal action or proceeding.

The next drunk driving enforcement campaign is the Superbowl Campaign and is sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This enforcement campaign begins Jan. 28 and ends Feb. 2. Drivers can expect sobriety checkpoints and increased patrols targeting drunk or drugged drivers.