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 Memorial Day Safety Blitz

“Click it or Ticket”

 

Huntsville, Alabama (May 15th, 2008) Huntsville Police Chief Henry Reyes announced HPD will be participating in this year’s “Click it or Ticket” traffic safety campaign. This campaign is annually funded by the North Alabama Traffic Safety Office (NATSO).  During 2007, 14,464 people died in passenger vehicle crashes while unbelted. Of these highway deaths, 65% occurred at night.

 

This year’s Memorial Day Blitz Campaign will begin on May 18th and go through May 31st. During this two week period Huntsville Police will be implementing a comprehensive traffic plan using all available resources. Uniform Patrol Officers from all three precincts will be assigned specific “HOT SPOT” or high traffic crash areas to enforce traffic laws. The Special Operations Division will be announcing specific DUI Checkpoints throughout Huntsville and saturating specific areas using enhanced radar enforcement by the Traffic Task Force to remind motorists to slow down and buckle up. Specific violations being targeted are speeding, following too close, no seat belt, failure to yield right of way and running red lights.

 

Strong public service announcements and overtime funding grants from NATSO throughout the year like “Click it or Ticket”, have played an important role in educating motorists and reducing accidents.  These federal grants paid by NATSO have placed officers on the street enforcing traffic laws which would not have been possible otherwise. Reyes added “we strongly believe these programs and our efforts by the Huntsville Police Department to eliminate targeted violations have had a positive impact on motorists driving habits and reduced accidents resulting in injuries and deaths.”

 

 A few of the locations being targeted for heavy enforcement and DUI Checkpoints during this two-week traffic enforcement blitz period are:

  

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                                     Andrew Jackson Way & Pratt Avenue

o                                     Jordan Lane & Mastin Lake / Sparkman Drive

 

Chief Reyes added that regular seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes. “Seat belts clearly save lives. But unfortunately, too many folks still need a tough reminder, so we are going to be out in force day and night in 2009 buckling down on those who are not buckled up,” said Chief Reyes.

 

For more information on NATSO or seat belt safety statistics contact www.nhtsa.gov