With Essence Fest bringing crowds to New Orleans for the weekend and the 4th of July close behind, Louisiana state troopers will be on the lookout for drunk drivers. State law enforcement will be using overtime grants to set up extra DUI checkpoints and to put more patrol cars on the road. Check out our glove box guide for tips on how to handle a DUI checkpoint or traffic stop.
Troopers will not be limiting themselves to DUI arrests this weekend. They have warned that drivers not wearing seat belts, unrestrained children, speeders, and tailgaters will also be targeted. If you are pulled over, it is important not to argue with an officer but to be respectful and argue a ticket or citation through legal channels.
Essence should draw an especially large audience this year with a star studded lineup. Usher will headline tonight, and Kanye West, Mary J. Blige, and Trey Songz will perform throughout the weekend. The large crowds and increased police presence is a recipe for DUI and public intoxication arrests.
If you or anyone you know is arrested over the 4th of July/ Essence Fest weekend, contact Bloom Legal at 504-599-9997 for a free case evaluation.