Perry to serve on DWI task force
Rep. Jonathan Perry has been appointed by House Speaker Jim Tucket to serve on Governor’s Task Force of DWI-Vehicular Homicide.
Perry said statistics indicate that Louisiana has much to do to improve the incidence of drunk driving and accidents attributed to drunk drivers.
“Even though we rank twenty-first in the country in population, we rank seventh in the nation in the number of alcohol-related fatalities,” he said.
“Further, nearly 47 percent of our traffic fatalities are alcohol related, compared to the national average of 40 percent. These statistics also contribute to the higher than average automobile insurance premiums our citizens pay. I am eager to begin my service on this task force and to be a part of addressing and finding a solution to this serious problem.”
The task force is charged with addressing not only the high incidence of drunk or drugged driving but the on-going problem of identifying multiple DWI offenders for the purposes of enhanced penalties; arrest and prosecution of drug-impaired drivers, and the problem of those arrested for suspected DWI refusing to submit to breath and field sobriety tests.
The task force acts in advisory capacity to the governor, the Highway Safety Commission, the Alcohol and Tobacco Control Commission and other entities involved with DWI issues.
Perry has first-hand knowledge of the DWI problems. He was a police officer and as a former assistant district attorney prosecuted DWI cases.