Louisiana State Police will be conducting a seat belt compliance and DWI checkpoint on Friday from about 9:00 p.m. until 3:00 a.m. at an undisclosed location in Calcasieu Parish.

"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 highway before they cause injury or death to themselves or others," says LSP spokesman Sgt. James Anderson.

Troopers have been stressing that anyone who is seated in a moving vehicle must be properly restrained, no matter that age or where that person is sitting in the vehicle. Anderson believes that wearing seat belts saves lives.

"Last year, 58 percent of vehicle occupants who died in crashes in our state were not wearing a seat belt," says Anderson. "Wearing a seat belt is the single most effective thing motorists can do to protect themselves in the event of a crash."