Louisiana: Sgt. Toby Miller honored as a ‘top cop’ for nailing impaired boaters

Sgt. Miller receives award from LHSC Lt. Col. John LeBlanc

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agent received a driving or operating a boat while intoxicated (DWI) enforcement award on March 5 in Baton Rouge.

Sgt. Toby Miller, 34, of Kentwood, received the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission’s (LHSC) DWI Enforcement Award for the LDWF Enforcement Division for the second year in a row.

“Winning this award for the second year in a row shows Sgt. Miller’s dedication to keeping the waterways safe from impaired operators,” said Col. Winton Vidrine, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division. “In addition to protecting the state’s resources such as fish and game, all of our agents are well trained in DWI detection and enforcement.”

Miller is a 13 year veteran of the Enforcement Division and works out of the LDWF Region 7 Office in Baton Rouge and is assigned to patrol the St. Helena Parish area.

During the fifth annual DWI Law Enforcement Awards Program, the LHSC issued DWI awards to at least 10 officers representing their respective law enforcement agencies.

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.