NEWS RELEASE

 

HUNTSVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT

815 Wheeler Ave.

Huntsville, Alabama  35801

 

Rex Reynolds                         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

            
 

Citizens Can Expect Enhanced Police Presence and Traffic Enforcement

Huntsville, Alabama (January 13, 2005) The Huntsville Police Department is asking the citizens of Huntsville, and those that visit our great city to slow down, obey traffic laws and be accountable for their actions behind the wheel. During a Friday morning news conference, Mayor Loretta Spencer and Police Chief Rex Reynolds announced a campaign to reduce the number of traffic related crashes and save lives. Reynolds said, “Please join us in reducing traffic accidents. Forty-three people died in traffic crashes in Huntsville in 2005.  This is unacceptable. We must aggressively address this avoidable loss of life in our community. Our goal in 2006 will be to reduce the factors contributing to these crashes.”  From January 1, 2004 through October 15, 2005, there were a total of 9,585 traffic crashes in Huntsville. 

Mayor Spencer endorsed the Department’s plans to make our streets safer for our families. The Mayor granted the Chief’s request for $87,000 in overtime money for traffic enforcement. Chief Reynolds said the campaign is already underway and cited an example of motorists’ abusing traffic laws. The Traffic Task Force set up laser radar on a bridge overlooking I-565. In one hour, the unit wrote more than 60 tickets with motorists traveling as high as 95 miles per hour. Reynolds said, “ I have approved a comprehensive plan developed by the Commanders to reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries. We will use saturated enforcement efforts within specific geographic areas, targeting high risk driving actions shown to directly impact the number of traffic crashes. Traffic enforcement will be conducted by the patrol division, traffic task force and the DUI task force.”  Motorists can expect to see additional Police Officers during the times when traffic is most congested, people are rushing and not paying attention. Monday through Friday between 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 6:30p.m.

Many traffic crashes are caused by drivers who were careless, pushy, tailgating and ignoring the laws. Police will concentrate on all traffic violations, but especially those violations that contribute to most traffic crashes.  

Following too close

Failure to yield the right of way

Failure to heed a traffic sign or traffic signal

Improper lane changes

Failure to wear seat belts

Speeding

Citizens should begin to see public safety announcements on television and radio, produced by City of Huntsville photographer Blake Hudson, Public Affairs Administrator Wendell Johnson and Huntsville Police Officers.