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Mark Hudson
Chief of Police
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Dr. Harry Hobbs
Communications Relations Officer
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Huntsville Police Announce Holiday DUI Enforcement Program


Huntsville, Alabama (December 23, 2011): The Huntsville Police Department reported today that it will be proactive in enforcing Alabama DUI laws over the upcoming holiday weekend. “The message is simple, drive sober or get pulled over, drinking alcohol and driving does not mix. If you plan to consume alcohol, you should also plan not to drive!” said Huntsville Police Chief Mark Hudson.


Using crash data, the Huntsville Police Department’s DUI Traffic Task Force will be operating check points specifically targeting locations which have been identified as “Hot Spots” because of DUI related involvements including crashes, injuries and fatalities.  When approaching safety checkpoints, citizens will be asked for a current driver’s license, proof of insurance, and vehicle registration. Additionally, seat belt compliance for both the drivers and all passengers will be checked.


Potential locations for these holiday checkpoints through New Year’s Eve will be:

HPD DUI Sgt. Kevin O’Connel suggests the following for a safe holiday season:

·         Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin

·         Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home

·         If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation

·         If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact your local law enforcement

·         And remember, Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over. If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take that person’s keys and help him or her make other arrangements to get home safely