Sheriff Blaise Smith and Berwick Police Chief David Leonard announced plans for a DUI checkpoint during the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign which runs from August 16 through September 2, 2019. The campaign is coordinated and funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.
On Friday evening, August 23, 2019, a checkpoint has been planned in the city limits of Berwick and will continue into the early morning hours of Saturday, August 24. Additional law enforcement personnel from the SMPSO, BPD, and MCPD will be assigned to target impaired drivers during this time.
During the checkpoint, deputies and officers will be looking for drivers who are impaired while checking for other traffic safety issues, including but not limited to seat belt usage.
Sheriff Blaise Smith and Chief David Leonard are reminding citizens to designate a driver if you are going to drink. They also ask for patience and cooperation when passing through this checkpoint and for recognizing the importance of raising awareness for safety issues.