NEWS RELEASE

 

HUNTSVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT

815 Wheeler Ave.

Huntsville, Alabama  35801

Henry Reyes
Police Chief
(256) 427-7001
Wendell Johnson
Public Safety Media Administrator
(256) 427-7043
   
Special Operations
(256) 427-7157
North Precinct
(256) 746-4111
West Precinct 
(256) 427-5461
South Precinct
(256) 213-4503

                       

Labor Day Checkpoints Announced Over This Weekend

                              

Huntsville, Alabama (August  29, 2008) The Huntsville Police Department announced that it will continue enforcement efforts in the 2008 Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest. campaign.  This program is organized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and regionally administered by the Northeast Alabama Traffic Safety Office.  Nationally, over $50 million dollars will be spent on this year’s impaired driving crackdown, beginning August 15th through September 1st. 2008.

 

This Labor Day weekend the Huntsville Police Department will be setting up safety checkpoints throughout Huntsville at both announced and unannounced locations.  Members of the Department’s DUI Task Force will be working with Patrol officers from each of the department’s three precincts in these checkpoints with a special attention on reducing drunk driving this Labor Day weekend.

 

“All too often, innocent people suffer tragic consequences and the loss of loved ones due to this criminal disregard for human life.  We are committed to ending the carnage on our roads and will aggressively seek out and arrest any driver that is over the legal limit.  We will be especially vigilant during high-risk nighttime hours when impaired drivers are most likely to be on our roads,” said Sgt. Floyd Smith of the DUI Task Force.  “Our message is very simple.  If we find you driving impaired, we will arrest you,” said Sgt. Smith.

 

The Huntsville Police Department is the number 1 municipal law enforcement agency in Alabama for the arrest of impaired drivers.  This is in large part to the continuing commitment of the Mayor and City Council to provide safe roads for the citizens of Huntsville.  In 2007, the department arrested over 1,400 people for DUI, with the DUI Task Force accounting for over 1,100 of those arrests.  As of August 29, 2008 HPD has arrested 1000 individuals for DUI with 814 being arrested by the DUI Task Force.  Additionally, the DUI Task Force has issued over 4,500 citations thus far in 2008, according to Sgt. Smith.

 

 

West Huntsville Checkpoint locations:

Drake Avenue at Penny Street

Jordan Lane at Sparkman Drive

University Drive at Jordan Lane

 

North Huntsville Checkpoint Locations:

Mastin Lake at Pulaski Pike

Sparkman Drive at Bluesprings

Plummer Road between Cedar Crest Drive & County Road 53

 

South Huntsville Checkpoint Locations:

Bailey Cove at Willowbrook Drive

Clinton Avenue at Monroe Street

Cecil Ashburn Drive intersections

 

For more information on the crackdown, visit the High-Visibility Enforcement Campaign Headquarters at www.StopImpairedDriving.org