NEWS RELEASE

 

HUNTSVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT

815 Wheeler Avenue      Huntsville, Alabama  35801
 

Lewis Morris
Chief of Police
(256) 427-7001
Dr. Harry Hobbs
Communications Relations Officer
(256) 427-7043

 

 

Huntsville Police Department Announce
May Safety Checkpoints and Click it or Ticket Initiative
 

 

Huntsville, Alabama (May 6, 2014)  The Huntsville Police Department (HPD) announces that it will continue its efforts across the City of Huntsville in reminding everyone of the dangers involved in Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs during in the month of May. This endeavor will be accomplished by conducting Safety Check Points and Saturation Patrols citywide. Also starting May 19th through June 1st the department will participate in the nationwide Click it or Ticket Initiative”.

 

With North Alabama Traffic Safety Office (NATSO) grant money for overtime, HPD has been placing officers out in force in all three precincts in an effort to educate the public on the dangers of Driving Under the Influence and the necessity of seatbelt compliance. The department has also been out in force to interdict those persons who decide to operate a motor vehicle while impaired.

 

Motorists should be prepared for stepped up “Click it or Ticket” and “Safety Checkpoint” enforcement activities throughout the City of Huntsville. Since March Huntsville Police Department Officers have made forty-four DUI arrests, seven felony arrests, twenty-one misdemeanor arrests, issued one thousand ninety-nine citations and impounded forty-nine vehicles. 

 

If you drive up on a safety checkpoint be prepared to provide officers your current driver’s license, vehicle registration and proof of vehicle insurance. Most safety inspections take less than 45 seconds per vehicle and have proven to enhance roadway safety, reduce DUI’s and educate the public.

 

The Huntsville Police Department uses “HOT SPOT” locations provided by the State of Alabama when selecting areas for enhanced enforcement. These locations have been researched as directly related to past DUI involved crashes and reviewed by the Presiding Municipal Court Judge prior to set up. These locations will include but not be limited to roadways such as Drake Avenue, Bob Wallace Avenue, University Drive, Memorial Parkway, Bailey Cove Road, Weatherly Road, Andrew Jackson Way, California Street, Sparkman Drive, Pulaski Pike, Winchester Road and Moore’s Mill Road.


Remember both drivers and passengers are required by law to be buckled up and both can be cited for non-compliance to this State law.