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119 traffic citations issued in Huntsville DUI checkpoint

Officers set up in the southbound lanes of the parkway at the Martin Road overpass for a DUI checkpoint. (Source: WAFF) Officers set up in the southbound lanes of the parkway at the Martin Road overpass for a DUI checkpoint. (Source: WAFF)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Three people were arrested an hundreds of citations were issued during a DUI checkpoint overnight in Huntsville .Police set up the checkpoint in the southbound lanes of Memorial Parkway at Martin Road on Wednesday night.

In March, Huntsville .Police received a grant to crack down on impaired driving and they have been setting up the checkpoints about once a week.

Overnight, police arrested two people for driving under the influence and one for a misdemeanor.

They also impounded three cars and gave out 119 traffic citations.

Labor Day weekend is almost here and you can expect officers to be out with checkpoints around the city and on the highways.

Huntsville .Police say checkpoints are conducted during four hour intervals and locations selected by the state. Alabama uses data collected throughout the year to find “hot spots” and passes the information along to Huntsville .Police. 

Police decide the day of the week to set up the checkpoint based on the availability of officers. Huntsville .Police say the check points are part of a federal program the department participates in and the program uses federal dollars, not money from the city.

Where does the money go, you may ask?

Every fine is determined by state law and lots of different departments get a percentage of that cost. In Huntsville, a speeding ticket is around $200. Failure to provide proof of insurance is $221, and driving while intoxicated will be much more.

However, Huntsville .Police said they only reap a very small amount from those dollars.

The cost to the accused goes far beyond money.

"If it is a first offense you'd be looking at typically a suspended sentence, you'd be sentenced to time in jail but that sentence would be suspended and you'd be placed on probation for two years," explained DUI attorney Phillip Price. "Fines, fees cost and immediate out of pocket money $1,500-ish."

Costs continue to pile up if you decide to fight the charge. With an attorney, you can expect to spend between $2,500-$13,000. Pleading guilty on a first offense can also cause an increase on your insurance.

In Alabama you can get a DUI if you blood-alcohol level is more than .08 or if the police decide your ability to drive is impaired.

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