Drunk-driving fatalities continue to rise in Louisiana

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WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE) - West Monroe Police are working to keep you safe during the holidays.

Others in the community are dedicating their lives to make sure people know drinking and driving isn't a good mix.

Cynthia Perdue, with the NELA Highway Safety partnership coordinator, says, "drinking and driving does not lead to a wonderful holiday season," Cynthia Perdue said.

Perdue also says there is no excuse to drive home drunk.

West Monroe Police are stopping drivers to make sure everyone gets home for the Holidays.

According to the Louisiana Highway Safety Partnership, 36 people have died in wrecks this year.

It's not clear how many were alcohol-related, but Purdue says, generally speaking, nearly half are due to drinking and driving.
And in northeast Louisiana, that number is rising.

"That's not a good number. What we're trying to do is cut the number of deaths and serious injures by half by 2030," Purdue. said.

The Louisiana Highway Safety Partnership is trying to change that number by taking their message to children and young adults.

"We try to reach them as soon as they are old enough to understand the message and grow a safety-oriented culture," Purdue said.

The goal of the Louisiana Highway Safety Partnership is to put the breaks on another senseless death.