Slidell reports no DWI arrests or accidents

Slidell, La. - Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith says despite aggressive DWI patrols, the city saw no DWI arrests and no accidents involving drunk drivers over the New Year's holiday weekend.  Smith is crediting his new Safe and Sober program that began Friday night which offers free rides to people taking part in the New Year's celebrations.

Smith says 16 people took advantage of the new program including 11 on New Years Eve.  Due to the positive response from the public, Chief Smith is considering expanding the program to include more holidays, but that will be determined on an holiday by holiday basis.

Although the program has been in effect in neighboring parishes for years, this was the first time it was offered by the Slidell Police Department, and was implemented last week, after a man died early Friday in a wreck on Front Street.  Police believe alcohol was a factor in that crash.

The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission says alcohol was a factor in 41 percent of all fatal crashes in Louisiana last year.