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

                       


“Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving”
 

Huntsville, Alabama (November 17, 2008) The Huntsville Police Department announced today that they will join with officers around the country in support of the 2008 “Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving” Campaign. Chief Henry Reyes states “the holiday season between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is one of the deadliest and most dangerous times on America’s roadways due to an increase in drunk driving.” “We will be out in force making sure drunk drivers are off the road” says Chief Reyes.

Beginning today through the first week in 2009, the Huntsville Police Department has been granted an extension of the “Drunk Driving Over the Limit Under Arrest” Campaign. This will include over $10,000 of enforcement money to highlight the severity of the problem of drunk drivers through the rest of the year.

 

HPD’s DUI Task Force is again the state’s top DUI enforcement teams with over 1,200 of the Departments 1,500 DUI arrests already made this year. Additionally, this eight-man Task Force has issued over 6,500 traffic citations.  DUI Sgt. Floyd Smith states this extra enforcement money will be helpful on announced DUI checkpoints and special radar enforcement around designated “HOT SPOTS”. These HOT SPOTS are based on 2007 Alabama crash data in which accidents resulting in injuries and or fatalities and alcohol was involved.  This Task Force will be complimenting the efforts of all three precincts in reducing alcohol related crashes/injuries at Huntsville’s HOT SPOTS.  These HOT SPOTS for 2008-2009 will be:
 

o        Drake Avenue & Newson / Penny

o        Drake Avenue & Cobb / Hood

o        Bob Wallace Avenue & Leeman Ferry Road

o        Jordan Lane & Mastin Lake Road

o        Bailey Cove Road & Willowbrook Drive / Weatherly

o        Cecil Ashburn Drive & Donegal Drive

o        Bideford Drive & Leicester Drive

o        Andrew Jackson Way & Pratt Avenue

o        Jordan Ln & Mastin Lake / Sparkman Drive

 

In 2007, 12,998 people were killed across the U.S. in alcohol-impaired driving crashes - 3,235 of these were killed in the month of December alone.  “Drunk driving is simply not worth the risk. It is serious and against the law. Violators will be spending their money on bail, court, lawyers and towing fees instead of buying holiday presents for loved ones” says Lt. McMurray of the Special Services/Traffic Division.

Additional DUI information can be found at: www.stopimpaireddriving.org