March 25, 2011 - The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission presented "2010 DWI Enforcement Awards" on March 15 to a father and son for their efforts in getting impaired operators of vehicles and vessels off the streets and waterways.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division Senior Agent Randy Lanoux, 47, of Gonzales, received the award for making 47 driving while under the influence (DWI) cases in 2010. His son, Louisiana State University (LSU) Police Patrol Officer Justin Lanoux, 27, of Gonzales, earned the award for issuing 24 DWI citations. They both made the most DWI arrests for their agencies.
"This was a very special moment for me and my son," said Randy Lanoux. "During the span of my 30-year law enforcement career I have received several awards, however, in this one instance to stand next to your only son and receive recognition from the state, which you love so dearly, is indescribable."
Justin said he made most of his cases around the perimeter of the LSU campus and that he has zero tolerance for impaired drivers. "It is important to protect the LSU students, faculty and staff as well as the citizens of the state of Louisiana from drunk drivers," he said. "Alcohol related traffic crashes are 100% preventable by simply not drinking and driving."
Randy made 44 of his 47 DWI cases in 2010 on the water with most of those coming on the Amite and Blind Rivers. Alcohol is the number one cause of boating crash incidents that lead to fatalities in Louisiana. In 2009, alcohol was ruled the primary cause for six of the 32 fatalities from boating crash incidents.
"For public safety it is imperative that impaired boat operators be located and removed from our state waterways before they can cause harm to themselves or someone else," Randy said. "It's not a question of if something will happen, but a question of when. Eventually there will be a situation where a quick decision needs to be made and an impaired operator simply can't react in the time needed. Alcohol also obstructs their capabilities of reason and judgment and is a recipe for disaster."
The LDWF Enforcement Division has stepped up their DWI enforcement efforts in the last decade. LDWF agents issued 216 DWI citations in 2009 and 158 in 2010, compared to 50 in 2002.
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