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|CPSO plans extra patrols for Labor Day weekend|
Labor Day marks the final long holiday weekend of summertime and with it will come extra patrols of Concordia Parish highways.
Most governmental offices will be closed Monday.
The Concordia Parish Sheriff's Office will increase its patrols Friday, September 4, through late Monday night, Sept. 7, targeting drunk drivers and speeders, as well as seat belt violations for adults and children.
"This is the last big holiday that folks will be enjoying during the summer of 2009," noted Sheriff Randy Maxwell. "We want everyone to celebrate safely and we really want them to be aware that our officers will be out in force to make it safe. Please watch out for other travelers."
"The Concordia Parish Sheriff's Office is emphasizing that drunk driving is a violent and, far too often, deadly crime. Drinking and driving is an extremely serious issue that costs our nation millions of dollars each year in lost time, lost property and, most importantly, lost lives. The greatest tragedy," he stressed, "is that deaths due to drunk driving crashes are preventable."
The Sheriff stressed that drunk driving is one of America's deadliest crimes. In 2005, nearly 13,000 people died in highway crashes involving a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.
"It's simply not worth the risk," he added.
"Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for impaired driving can be huge. Violators often face jail time, the loss of their driver's license, higher insurance rates, attorney fees, time away from work, and dozens of other expenses."
"And, should your drinking and driving cause injury or death to an innocent driver, passenger or pedestrian, the tragic ramifications are unending for that person's family as well," Maxwell added.
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