Governor Riley means business when it comes to Alabama DUI offenders. From Mobile up through Montgomery, to Birmingham and Huntsville, drunk driving patrols will be receiving upward of $250,000 for enhanced enforcement of the state's laws governing driving under the influence of alcohol and drug-related DUI. According to news reports, the injection of monies to law enforcement agencies statewide will help support the latest DUI campaign, “Drunk Driving: Over the Limit, Under Arrest.” This effort could include field sobriety tests as well as breathalyzer testing of individuals suspected of DUI.
The campaign, scheduled to be in effect from August 21 through September 7 — a full two weeks prior to Labor Day — will increase the presence of state and local police units on Alabama highways. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs will administer the grants from funds made available to the state by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The money will go toward overtime pay for officers involved in drunk driving patrols throughout the area.
As a Birmingham drunk driving defense lawyer, I applaud the state for its efforts to make our public roadways safer. At the same time, I know from vast experience in the courtroom that many individuals arrested and charged with drunk driving have a legitimate claim of innocence, which makes their defense my primary responsibility. Not every DUI summons will stand up to an aggressive defense attorney. This is why I not only suggest, but encourage those accused of drunk driving to seek sound legal representation.
Some of the entities receiving funds for increased DUI enforcement include:
Etowah County Commission — $25,050 for the Northeast Alabama Traffic Safety Office which serves Cherokee, DeKalb, Etowah, Jackson, Madison and Marshall counties.
Gadsden State Community College — $22,445 for the East Alabama Highway Safety Office which serves Calhoun, Chambers, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Randolph, Talladega and Tallapoosa counties.
Jefferson State Community College — $37,050 for the Birmingham Regional Highway Safety Office which serves Bibb, Blount, Chilton, Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair and Walker counties.
Enterprise-Ozark Community College — $23,485 for the Southeast Alabama Traffic Safety Office which serves Barbour, Butler, Coffee, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston and Pike counties.
Northwest Shoals Community College — $39,145 for the North Alabama Highway Safety Office which serves Colbert, Cullman, Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Marion, Morgan and Winston counties.
Mobile County Commission — $28,185 for the Highway Traffic Safety Division which serves Baldwin, Escambia and Mobile counties.
Alabama Tombigbee Regional Commission — $18,790 for the Highway Traffic Safety Division which serves Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Dallas, Marengo, Monroe, Washington and Wilcox counties.
Shelton State Community College — $22,445 for the West Alabama Community Traffic Safety Office which serves Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Perry, Pickens, Sumter and Tuscaloosa counties.
Riley awards grants to increase DUI enforcement, GadsdenTimes.com, July13, 2009