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HPD's 'BATty' solution for drunk drivers

The BAT-mobile van is hoped to curtail drunk driving. The BAT-mobile van is hoped to curtail drunk driving.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Huntsville Police have a new "BAT" –mobile, which is equipped to help crack down on drunk drivers.

"BAT" stands for Breath Analysis Testing. HEMSI donated an old ambulance to Huntsville Police, who turned it into something the DUI task force can use.

You will see it parked at checkpoints in the future. While it will quickly test drivers for blood-alcohol levels, officers also hope just the sight of it will cut down on drunk driving.

"You've seen the lights on the outside. That gets into the public mindset. It gives us a visual aspect to watch drinking and driving," said Officer Mitch Chappell.

Officers said the BAT van's main purpose is to save lives. They plan to have it in service by July.

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