THOBODAUX, LA (WVUE) - A week-long campaign to crack down on drunk driving resulted in some surprising results in Thibodaux. Despite beefed-up patrols over the July 4th holiday, not one single driver was arrested on DWI charges. Thibodaux Chief of Police Bryan Zeringue says they pulled over more than a hundred drivers during the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign, but no one was found to be intoxicated. Police did make several arrests as a result of the crackdown, which began on June 29th and continued through July 5th.
Utilizing the Louisiana Highway Safety grant, Thibodaux Police Officers beefed up patrols on various days during various time periods.. As a result of the campaign, participating officers pulled over 121 drivers which resulted in 58 citations issued and 15 arrests for crimes unrelated to drinking and driving.
During this wave, Thibodaux also partnered with the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office in an operation called "Double Down", where Lafourche Deputies partnered with T.P.D. in a single unit in an effort to better spot impaired drivers and remove them from the roadways. "There is a higher volume of vehicles traveling the roadway during the holiday season," said Chief Zeringue. "Enforcement campaigns such as the DSGP help ensure that as our loved ones travel the roadway, they can do so without fear of being victimized by impaired drivers." We have a zero tolerance for drinking and driving and are proud to announce that "ZERO" DWI Arrest were made during the wave inside the city limits. Zeringue says the results show that drivers are being responsible and complying to the laws.