NEWS RELEASE

 

HUNTSVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT

815 Wheeler Ave.

Huntsville, Alabama  35801

Henry Reyes
Police Chief
(256) 427-7001
Sgt. Mark Roberts
Public Information Officer
(256) 427-7197

                       

 

Huntsville Police Announce “Hot Spot” Safety Checkpoints for Holiday DUI Enforcement
 

Huntsville, Alabama (December 18, 2008) Huntsville Police Department announces it will be using money awarded from the State of Alabama ADECA fund for increased DUI enforcement throughout the holiday season including New Years Eve. The HPD DUI Task Force will be setting up traffic safety checkpoints across the city with an emphasis on detecting DUI violators which historically rise during this time of year. When stopped at one of these checkpoints, citizens will be asked for driver’s license, proof of insurance and a current vehicle tag registration. Sgt. Floyd Smith of the DUI Task Force reports that there is no shortage of citizens willing to run the risk of driving drunk this time of the year. The Department’s DUI Unit has again set records in both DUI arrests and citations for this year and has been the State’s leading DUI Unit for nine years in row.  Sgt. Smith will deploy this Task force at announced and unannounced locations between now and January 1, 2009 as an effort to reduce DUI related traffic accidents and fatalities. Additionally, Traffic Task Force and patrol officers from all three precincts and shifts will be stepping up specific radar enforcement activities at various locations and intersections to reduce crashes.

 

In Huntsville Alabama, the following “HOT SPOTS” were identified by having at least three DUI related crashes with varying degrees of severity of injuries or fatalities reported:

 

West Huntsville:                                                    

§         Drake Avenue and Newsom Road

§         Drake Avenue and Penny Street

§         Cobb Road and Hood Road

§         Bob Wallace and Leeman Ferry Road

§         Jordan Lane and Mastin Lake

South Huntsville:

§         Bailey Cove Road and Willowbrook Drive

§         Bailey Cove and Weatherly Drive

§         Cecil Ashburn Drive and Donegal Drive

§         Bideford Drive and Leicester Drive

§         Andrew Jackson and Pratt Avenue

North Huntsville:

§         Jordan Lane and Mastin Lake Road

§         Jordan Lane and Sparkman Drive

§         Mastin Lake Road and Pulaski Pike

§         Andrew Jackson and Pratt Avenue