The Department of Public Safety has placed 9 of its new BAT Mobiles into service.
BAT stands for Blood Alcohol Testing and these vehicles give state troopers the opportunity to do the types of testing normally reserved for the jail.
Troopers say the BAT Mobile literally places the laboratory in the field and it can be stationed at checkpoints or large events and give test results at the time of arrest that can be admissible in court.
"Our DUI enforcements are something we take pride in here,“ said Sgt. Tracy Nelson. ”Because we know that DUI's account for 40 percent of fatalities here in Alabama so this will be good for our area."
Troopers say the vehicle could be on hand at the request of other local law enforcement in the area for events, and might even prevent drunken driving before someone takes that one extra sip.