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

            
 

Huntsville Police have a busy weekend

 

Chief Rex Reynolds announced today the results of the Huntsville Police Departmentís efforts to reduce the number of drunk drivers on our roads during the Memorial Day weekend.  The Departmentís D.U.I. Task Force spearheaded the effort, with Officers from all three Department Precincts participating.  Several announced traffic checkpoints were held, and several unannounced checkpoints were also held.  The Officers were looking for unsafe and impaired drivers, with emphasis being placed on getting drunk drivers off of the road and reducing traffic crashes.

 

The weekend statistical period was from May 26 to May 29.  The following activities were reported during this period:

 

D.U.I. arrests                         30, with five of those under 21 years of age.

Traffic citations                       72

Impounded Vehicles               19

Case reports                            3

Citation and Complaint             2

Felony Arrests                         2 Possession of forged instruments- Resident Alien Cards

 

Of the total arrests 21 were at the checkpoints.

 

This years arrests show a 76% increase when compared with the 2005 arrests (17 D. U. I. arrests).  The increase may be attributed to the reinstatement of the D. U. I Task Force as a full time unit and the Departmentís emphasis this year on traffic safety.

 

Chief Reynolds wishes to stress again that driving under the influence is a very serious crime that will not be tolerated within our city.

 

For more information you may contact Captain H. Reyes at 427-7071