"Wearing a seatbelt is the single most effective thing motorists can do to protect themselves in the event of a crash."

Louisiana State Police PIO Sgt. James Anderson says troopers will be at an undisclosed location in Calcasieu Parish from 9 PM Friday till 3 AM Saturday conducting a seatbelt compliance and DWI checkpoint.

"Our mission will be to ticket vehicle occupants who are not properly restrained or who choose not to properly restrain children in the vehicle as well as to remove impaired drivers from the road before they cause injury or death to themselves or others," says Anderson, who points out that of the people who died last year in crashes in our state, 58 percent of them were not wearing a seatbelt.

According to Louisiana state law, everyone inside a vehicle, regardless of where that person sits, has to be buckled up. This also includes children who requice a child safety seat, which should be properly restrained in an age and weight appropriate restraint.

"Buckle up Louisiana. Every trip. Every time."