Shreveport, LA (KSLA) - Fourth of July is a day all Americans want to celebrate without compromising their safety or the safety of others.
To many, this holiday means enjoying fireworks, barbeques and a good deal of party time, but for law enforcement officers, that means keeping a closer eye on the roads as well as the water.
Reports of fires, escaped animals, injuries have all become part of what law enforcement deals with during this time of the year, but those who drive while under the influence still pose a high risk to many who will be on US roads this year.
According to AAA, it is estimated that nearly 35 Americans will travel on Independence weekend, ninety percent of which will do so via cars, which is a 17 percent increase from last year's number.
Police will be operating a zero-tolerance policy this holiday weekend to enforce no drinking and driving. This year's DWI Enforcement Police have a new tool to catch impaired drivers called the "No Refusal Law". That means if someone is suspected of driving a vehicle while high, police could have their blood tested for drugs just like when impaired because of alcohol.
Police all around the Ark-La-Tex will be working overtime to make sure citizens enjoy a safe, accident free Fourth of July weekend.