815 Wheeler Ave.

Huntsville, Alabama  35801


Henry Reyes                              Wendell Johnson

    Chief of Police                    Public Affairs Administrator

(256) 427-7001                       (256) 427-7043  

      Special Operations             North Precinct              West Precinct        South Precinct
         (256) 427-7157               (256) 746-4111           (256) 427-5461     (256) 213-4503


Short 4th of July Holiday Won’t Ease DUI Checkpoints


Huntsville, Alabama (June 28, 2007) The Huntsville Police Department’s DUI Task Force will set up checkpoints July 3rd and July 4th. Police Chief Henry Reyes said, “Officers will strictly enforce all traffic laws to prevent motorists from Driving under the Influence.” Under Alabama State Law, a person over the age of 21 is legally intoxicated when they register .08 on the BAT. Juveniles are legally intoxicated at .02. Motorists will also be cited for the following violations: Failure to wear a seat belt, failure to have a valid driver’s license, failure to have proof of insurance and valid vehicle tags.


Chief Reyes wants to remind citizens of the City ordinance that forbids the purchase and use of fireworks. He added, “Citizens may face arrest and possible fines if they shoot fireworks, especially under the current summer drought conditions.”


So far this year, the DUI Task Force has made 514 total arrests, indicating the Huntsville Police Department’s aggressive enforcement of DUI laws. The following are just a few of the locations being announced for checkpoints July 3rd and 4th between the hours of 11:30 pm and 3:30 am.


July 3, 2007      Pratt Avenue and Church Street

                          South Memorial Parkway and Martin Road

                          Jordan Lane and Holmes Avenue

July 4, 2007       Bob Wallace and Patton Road

                          Mastin Lake and Pulaski Pike

                          Bailey Cove and Mt. Gap Road