To most New Orleanians, Mardi Gras season means spending time with family and friends, watching parades, and perhaps drinking a little bit more than usual. To Louisiana law enforcement, it means one of the deadliest times of the year for drunk driving accidents. The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission has provided grants to roughly 45 police and sheriff's departments across the state to increase enforcement of DWIs throughout the holiday. The money will go towards funding overtime for officers so they can patrol at night to look for intoxicated drivers, as well as conduct more DWI checkpoints. In 2010, there were six alcohol-related deaths over Mardi Gras weekend, from Friday night through Tuesday. That was more than any other weekend all year. "When you make a poor decision, not only does it affect you, but it has catastrophic consequences for others," said University of Lousiana-Lafayette Police Chief Joey Sturm. Please, do not drink and drive this Mardi season! However, if you do get arrested for a DWI, you need experienced legal representation. Call Bloom Legal at 504-599-9997 for immediate assistance and a case evaluation.