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Social Media Changes DWI Enforcement

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In Bossier City Police Department's six hour DWI task force Thursday night and Friday morning, officers picked up five DWI cases.

The Bossier boys in blue, however, say social media has changed the way they look for drunk drivers. They sometimes prefer these roving patrols to the standard checkpoint.

"The only negative to a checkpoint is that by the time we set it up, a lot of times it's already out there on Facebook, Twitter, or just people just text messaging each other," says Sgt. Bart Cavanaugh. "If someone is up on current events, they can avoid the checkpoint."

This holiday weekend, BCPD will continue using a DWI task force for saturation patrols. That puts officers in cars, solely devoted to finding impaired drivers.

Between 10PM Thursday and 4 AM Friday, those five suspects arrested were well above the legal limit: 0.08 BAC.

The lowest registered was 0.112.

The highest: 0.332.

When someone blows above 0.3 BAC, officers are required to take the person to the hospital.

"Unfortunately, at that level, that's when you start seeing head on collisions occur, and fatales occur, which is what we're trying to avoid with this patrol," Cavanaugh says. "If you can get them off the streets before they hit that level, hopefully, we can save some lives this weekend."


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