Man Who Lost Daughter In DWI-Related Crash Praises Checkpoints

Published: Oct. 15, 2006 at 3:38 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 19, 2006 at 10:21 PM CDT
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Under the cover of darkness a massive police checkpoint on Shreveport's North Market Street Friday night aimed at stopping drunken drivers on their dangerous path.
Working the checkpoint together were Caddo Parish Deputies and Louisiana State Police Troopers.
Eight-hundred cars passed through this checkpoint and two drivers were arrested for DUI.
But the checkpoint came too late for one man's family.
"She was 17-and-a-half-years old and on Spring Break," said William Laurenson's of his daughter Amanda.
A carefully tended garden marks the place where Amanda lost her life when a car driven by William Gourdine slammed into hers.
Now her father says checkpoints are one way to stay on top of drunk driving.
"Until this state realizes that drunken driving will not be tolerated it is definitely mandatory. Two (drunk driving arrests) is still two many. People need to wake up. It is time to be responsible."