New Orleans, LA - As required by the Louisiana Supreme Court, the New Orleans Police Department is issuing a public advisory regarding a sobriety checkpoint that will be conducted tomorrow night.The New Orleans Police Department’s Traffic Division will conduct a sobriety checkpoint in the Orleans Parish area beginning at approximately 9:00 P.M., and will conclude at approximately 5:00 A.M. Motorists will experience minimal delays and should have the proper documentation available if requested, i.e., proof of insurance, driver’s license, etc.
Where? Of course they won't say. Although we did confirm the last one was at Louisiana and Tchoupitiouls.
Anyway it hardly matters now. Pretty soon the whole city will be one big "constitution free zone".
In yet another attempt to bring order to New Orleans free-wheeling ways, Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration is proposing a new law that would essentially close the Jackson Square pedestrian mall between the hours of 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. daily. Under the ordinance, introduced on Nov. 1 by Councilwoman Kristin Gisleson Palmer at Landrieu's request, people would be allowed to walk through the area but it will be illegal to stop, stand or loiter. If they ignore police warnings to keep moving, they could be hit with up to a $500 fine and possible six months in jail.
But Marjorie Esman, executive director of the ACLU of Louisiana, said the proposed law is part of a city government's larger effort to create a "Constitution-free" zone in the French Quarter.Also, the SuperBowl is coming and Mitch has a nasty habit of clearing out all the undesirables just ahead of tourist season.
In September, a federal judge temporarily blocked an "aggressive solicitation" ordinance passed in 2011 that banned street preaching on Bourbon Street between sunset and sunrise. The ACLU of Louisiana sued after police arrested Rev. Troy Bohn and Kelsey McCauley, members of Raven Ministries, for preaching on Bourbon Street during the prohibited hours.