Officers awarded for taking drunk drivers off the streets

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 5:37pm

More than 20 law enforcement officers were recognized today for working to eliminate drunk drivers on our roads.

In 2011, alcohol related incidents were responsible for over 40 percent of the 676 deaths on Louisiana's roadways. However, authorities statewide made almost 30,000 DWI arrests in that same year.

This is the fifth year DWI Awards have been given out by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

Officials say the push to end drunk driving is showing in the decline of deaths resulting from alcohol related crashes.

The 22 recipients included municipal police, sheriff's deputies and state police.

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