WHEREAS: nearly 55 percent of Louisiana's traffic fatalities are alcohol-related, as compared to the national average of 43 percent; and
WHEREAS: Louisiana automobile owners pay high premiums for public liability insurance. Our state ranks tenth in the nation in costs for insurance, with an average premium of $862.62; and
WHEREAS: there is a possible correlation between Louisiana's unusually high percentage of alcohol-related traffic fatalities and the unusually high insurance premiums paid by Louisiana motorists;
NOW THEREFORE I, M. J. "MIKE" FOSTER, JR., Governor of the State of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Louisiana, do hereby establish the Governor's DWI/Vehicular Homicide Task Force and do hereby order and direct as follows:
SECTION 1: The Governor's DWI/Vehicular Homicide Task Force is established and created within the Executive Department, Office of the Governor.
SECTION 2: The Governor's DWI/Vehicular Homicide Task Force shall be composed of one representative from each of the following agencies:
SECTION 3: The duties and functions of the Task Force shall include, but shall not be limited to, the following:
SECTION 4: The members of the Governor's DWI/Vehicular Homicide Task Force shall receive no per diem or other compensation for their services and shall receive no reimbursement for expenses incurred in the performance of his or her duties.
SECTION 5: In implementing the provisions of this Executive Order, the Governor's DWI/Vehicular Homicide Task Force shall solicit input and recommendations from all agencies involved in DWI enforcement and countermeasures, particularly law enforcement officers at the state, parish and local levels.
SECTION 6: All departments, commissions, boards, agencies, and officers of the state, or any political subdivision thereof, are authorized and directed to cooperate with the Governor's DWI/Vehicular Homicide Task Force in implementing the provisions of this Executive Order.
SECTION 7: The provisions of this Executive Order are effective upon signature and shall remain in effect until amended, modified, or rescinded by operation of law.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the City of Baton Rouge, on this 15th of April, 1996.
M.J. "Mike" Foster, Jr.
Secretary of State