Informer: DWI remains on driving record for 10 years

By By Andrew Perzo / American Press

Do DWIs fall off your record after a certain length of time?


Convictions for driving while intoxicated, vehicle negligent injury and out-of-service violations stay on drivers’ records

for 10 years.

Other offenses and durations, as listed on the website of the state Office of Motor Vehicles:

“Other major traffic convictions (suspendable/disqualifying violations) remain on the record for 5 years from the date of


“Minor traffic convictions remain on the record for 3 years from the date of conviction.”

“Accidents that are suspended for Financial Responsibility remain on the record until the accident is reinstated.”


Law has exceptions for service dogs

Is a service dog allowed to ride the Lake Charles Transit System bus line?

Both the city code and state law make allowances for disabled people who require service dogs’ help.

The city code says that the prohibition on bus-riding animals “shall not apply to seeing-eye dogs for the blind.”

And Louisiana R.S. 21:52 says:

“Any blind person, visually

handicapped person, deaf person, hearing impaired person, or otherwise

physically disabled person

who is accompanied by a properly controlled dog which such person

has been taught to use as a guide or for service at a qualified

dog guide or service school

... is entitled to the full and equal  accommodations, advantages,

facilities, and privileges of all public accommodation,

amusement, or resort, and other places to which the general public

is invited, and shall be entitled to take such dog into

such conveyances and places, subject only to the accommodations

and limitations applicable to all persons not so accompanied,

provided that the dog shall not occupy a seat in any public


Additionally, the law says the person accompanied by the dog must be able to provide proof of the animal’s training.


Davis now plays for Orlando Magic

What happened to Glen “Big Baby” Davis, a basketball player from LSU? He played for the Boston Celtics, then they traded him and I haven’t seen his name in the paper. If you could find out, I’d appreciate it.

Davis now plays for the Orlando Magic.

“In 2007, Glen was drafted as the 35th

pick by the Seattle Supersonics, who immediately traded him to the

Boston Celtics as

part of the Ray Allen trade. He won a championship in his rookie

season with the Boston Celtics in 2007-2008,” reads the biography

on Davis’ website.

“After four prosperous years in Boston, Glen was acquired by the Orlando Magic and started the next chapter in his professional

career on December 25, 2011.”


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The Informer answers questions from readers each Sunday, Monday and Wednesday. It is researched and written by Andrew Perzo, an American Press staff writer. To ask a question, call 494-4098, press 5 and leave voice mail, or email