Troopers: "BAT Mobiles" will help nab drunk drivers

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama state troopers have a new device
to combat drunk driving.

Governor Bob Riley has awarded almost $1.4 million in grants to provide troopers with specially equipped vans called "BAT Mobiles."

"BAT" is a breath alcohol testing device that allows troopers to conduct roadside sobriety checks.

Riley said in a statement Tuesday "that about 40 percent of all traffic deaths in Alabama involve alcohol."

The "BAT Mobiles" will be on display at a news conference Wednesday in Montgomery. State officials are also expected to announce plans for another "Take Back Our Highways" traffic
safety initiative.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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