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DWI task force targets underage drunk drivers

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BOSSIER CITY, La. -

The Bossier City Police Department is teaming up with the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission this month in an effort to crackdown on underage drunk driving.

As part of an LHSC state wide campaign to keep young drivers safe during this season of proms, graduations and end of school celebrations, the department's DWI Task Force is focusing its patrols during the month of April on targeting motorists under the age of 21 who choose to drink and drive.

It's against the law for persons younger than 21 to consume alcoholic beverages. Louisiana law also makes it a crime for anyone in that age group to drive a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration level of .02 or above. In other words all it takes is just one drink for a young person to be impaired.

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According to the National Highway Safety Commission, underage drinking drivers experience more fatalities at lower blood alcohol levels than do adults. Young people are less experienced drivers and drinkers than adults putting them at significantly greater risk for a serious crash than an adult who has consumed the same amount of alcohol and is roughly the same size. Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among teens in the United States and nearly one-third of those crashes are alcohol-related.

The BCPD's DWI Task Force conducts enforcement patrols year round and is funded in part by grant money provide by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

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