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NEWORLEANS - New Orleans police are conducting a sobriety checkpoint from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location in the city.

On Thursday night, state police held a 'no-refusal' sobriety checkpoint in Tangipahoa Parish.

Drivers who refused to take the breath test were issued an order to have blood drawn. An assistant district attorney and nurse were on the scene.

State police said they will continue to do this in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies, because it is an important safety measure.

'During the holiday season, we traditionally see an increase in impaired driving, and that combined with the increased amount of traffic that we have on our holiday with parties going on and shopping and festivities, can sometimes be a very dangerous combination,' said State Police Trooper Nick Manale.

Police hope the checkpoints work as a deterrent factor, Manale said.

'We would love to have nobody out here on the roadways driving while impaired,' he said.

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