Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents received litter and driving or operating a boat while intoxicated (DWI) enforcement awards at the April 5 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting held in Baton Rouge.
Senior Agent Byron Cammack, 42, of Pineville, accepted the 7th annual KLB “Litter Enforcement Officer of the Year” award from KLB Executive Director Leigh Harris. Cammack also received the LDWF “Litter Enforcement Officer of the Year” award. Sgt. Toby Miller, 33, of Kentwood, took home the LDWF Enforcement Division “DWI Agent of the Year” award from LDWF Chief of Enforcement Col. Winton Vidrine for emphasizing DWI enforcement on the water and land.
“These awards confirm another job well done by our Enforcement Division and agents in helping to keep our woods and waterways clean and safe at the same time,” said Col. Vidrine. “In addition to protecting the state’s resources such as fish and game, our agents are well trained in DWI and litter detection and enforcement.”
Miller is a 12 year veteran of the Enforcement Division who works out of the LDWF Region 7 Office in Baton Rouge and is assigned to patrol the St. Helena Parish area.
Cammack is a seven-year veteran of the Enforcement Division who works out of the LDWF Region 3 Office in Pineville and is assigned to patrol the Rapides Parish area. This is the third time he has won the KLB award for litter enforcement.
“This department is one of our best partners in litter prevention and enforcement,” said Harris. “With law enforcement agencies like LDWF, people now believe they can get ticketed for littering. These littering tickets are a big reason in how we are going to change behaviors and attitudes towards littering in this state becoming unacceptable.”
LDWF agents issued 186 DWI citations in 2011 statewide for those impaired operators of both vessels and vehicles. In Louisiana, a DWI can be issued to anyone operating a moving vessel or vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. First offense DWI on the water or on the road carries a $300 to $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail. Second offense DWI brings a $750 to $1,000 fine and between 30 days and six months in jail. Third offense DWI carries a $5,000 fine and between one and five years in jail.
LDWF agents issued 904 citations for simple, intentional and gross littering during 2011. The penalties for littering violations are fines between $75 and $1,000 and up to eight hours of community service in a litter abatement work program.