With the grant in place and Mardi Gras less than a week away, Hammond Police Chief Edward Bergeron is reminding citizens to celebrate and drive responsibly.
The City of Hammond has been awarded a $44,330 Traffic Safety Grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission. The grant will pay for over 1,300 hours of police overtime to enforce seatbelt and child seat use, to keep impaired drivers off roads, and to monitor bars and restaurants for underage drinking. With the grant in place and Mardi Gras less than a week away, Hammond Police Chief Edward Bergeron is reminding citizens to celebrate and drive responsibly. He and the Hammond Police Department remind everyone that it’s never okay to drink and drive—even if you’ve had only 1 drink. If you plan to drink, designate a sober driver, use a ride sharing service, or call the HPD at 985-277-5700 to make sure you and your friends get home safely. If you see a drunk driver, call 911. If a friend is about to drink and drive, take away his/her keys and make arrangements to get him/her home safely. Always wear your seatbelt—and make sure others are buckled up too. And don’t forget to mask up and socially distance to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.