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DWI Checkpoints Get a $350,000 Improvement

Posted on Jan 26, 2011 in DUI/DWI, Local Issues, NOPD, Traffic

Orleans and Jefferson Parish are both planning to purchase special vans to be used in future DWI checkpoints. Each van comes with a $350,000 price tag and a number of features to aid officers.[caption id="attachment_1597" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Photo Courtesy of www.publicbroadcasting.net"][/caption] The Breath Alcohol Testing vans (or BAT vans) will have breath-testing machines to help identify inebriated drivers, an interview room, and a holding cell that can accommodate multiple offenders. There will also be a bathroom for the officers’ and arrestees’ convenience. In order to expedite the legal process, a separate room in the vans will allow officers space to begin paperwork on arrests. Many cities across the country have already begun using the BAT vans, including Baton Rouge and Mobile. The sheriff’s office is spending a lot of money to take drunk drivers off of the road, and the best way to avoid legal trouble is to use a designated driver or a taxi; however, we understand that mistakes can be made under the influence of alcohol. If you or anyone you know is charged with DWI, call Bloom Legal at 599-9997, so we can fight for you.

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