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Contact:  Andrea B. Imms, Public Relations


Office:    (504) 712-2244

Date:      March 28, 2011


Kenner Police Department earns honor for DWI enforcement

KENNER — Kenner Police Chief Steve Caraway is proud to announce that the Kenner Police Department has been recognized by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission as one of 23 law enforcement agencies responsible for removing 12,124 DWI suspects collectively from state roads during 2010.  In honor of the Kenner Police Department’s hard work and dedication to making Louisiana roadways safer for the traveling public, an award will be presented to Chief Caraway at the Kenner Police Complex, located at 500 Veterans Blvd. in Kenner, on Tuesday, March 29 at 10 a.m.

“The officers and departments we honored went the extra mile to protect citizens against drunk drivers,” said Lt. Col. John LeBlanc, executive director of the Louisiana Highway Commission. “Drunk drivers continue be a major cause of traffic deaths in Louisiana and across the nation. They are not only a danger to themselves, but also to their passengers and other motorists.”


The awards are designed to recognize leaders in DWI enforcement efforts and to raise awareness of the problem.  An estimated 402 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes in Louisiana in 2009, representing almost half of the state’s total highway fatalities.  The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission works year round to support enforcement and education programs related to DWI and other problem driving behaviors.  The award program, started in 2008, was developed with the support and cooperation of the Louisiana State Police, Department of Wildlife & Fisheries, Louisiana Sheriff’s Association, Louisiana Judicial Association and the Louisiana District Attorneys Association.