BAT van is north St. Louis County's newest tool to fight drunk driving - KMOV.com

BAT van is north St. Louis County's newest tool to fight drunk driving

Be on the look out in North St. Louis County for the BAT van. 

There's no superhero inside.  Just uniformed officers ready to test and arrest drunk drivers at sobriety checkpoints.

The BAT or Breath Alcohol Testing van (actually a converted mobile home) is being shared by 36 area police departments.  This is one of 23 in Missouri funded through a grant.

The advantage is, instead of an officer having to drive a suspected drunk driver to a police station and then wait while that person is processed, the officer can stay at the checkpoint and continue to work while other officers inside the BAT van.

Hazelwood police will be putting it to use this weekend.  Of course, they're not saying exactly where.

Overland's Police Chief, Mike Laws told me he suspects the BAT van will be an effective deterrent.  But if it doesn't deter drunk drivers it will help get them of the roads the hard way.

For more information about impaired driving, click here.
 
Mark Schnyder is a reporter at KMOV-TV.  He can be reached at MSchnyder@kmov.com.

Powered by Frankly