Sobriety checkpoints in Jonesboro this weekend

JONESBORO, Ark. – The Jonesboro Police Department will be conducting sobriety checkpoints Friday night/Saturday morning (12/30-12/31) in Jonesboro in an effort to deter and detect impaired driving.

Officers will be using the BAT Mobile while conducting the checkpoints. The Breath Alcohol Testing (BAT) Mobile is a completely self-contained vehicle used for conducting sobriety checkpoints throughout the state. The BAT Mobile program is based at the Black River Technical College’s Law Enforcement Training Academy in Pocahontas.

The BAT Mobile, a 44-foot vehicle built in Arkansas by Taylor Made Ambulance Co. in Newport, is used for conducting sobriety checkpoints throughout the state as part of an effort to deter and apprehend drunken/drugged drivers and to reduce alcohol and drug-related traffic crashes and fatalities on Arkansas’ roadways.

The BAT Mobile has four different cameras on board that are constantly recording the entirety of the sobriety checkpoint. The BAT Mobile also features a unique capability not found on other mobile sobriety checkpoint vehicles in the United States. Police officers who have received specialized Drug Recognition Expert training can field test drivers suspected of prescription or illegal drug impairment inside the BAT Mobile.

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