The New Orleans Police Department is ending the use of “informational vehicle checkpoints” that were announced last week, NOPD spokesperson Ken Jones told The Lens late Wednesday.
“The checkpoints stop tomorrow,” Jones said. “Tomorrow is the last one.”
The NOPD announced the checkpoint program on April 20. According to a press release, they were used “to verbally provide information regarding the current stay-at-home order in place within Orleans Parish due to the current COVID-19 public health crisis” as well as check that vehicle occupants were wearing seatbelts and that drivers had a registration and proof of insurance.
The April 20 press release said the police department planned to continue the checkpoints until the end of the city’s stay at home order, which lasts until 6 a.m. on May 16. But Jones said they moved up the date to May 1 “because of the easing of restrictions in surrounding parishes.”