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Police looking for intoxicated drivers

By Sherea Harris

HOOVER, AL (WBRC) - State troopers have been heavily promoting a nationwide blitz called "Over the Limit, Under Arrest."

The blitz is underway and runs through Labor Day weekend..

State troopers, local police, and sheriff's departments are teaming up to get intoxicated drivers off the streets. Hoover police are among the law enforcement out on the interstates and city streets for dui blitz.

It started a week ago today. Last weekend, there were 10 dui arrests in the Birmingham area.

Corporal Steve Smith with the Alabama Department of Public Safety says the peak hours for drunk driving are 10pm to 3am. So that's when the most officers will be on patrol, including checkpoints.

Smith says state troopers will be using their "Task Force Zero" detail. It's made up of troopers who are specially trained to spot intoxicated drivers.

"They are looking for such things as a car failing to maintain a single lane, changing lanes without using proper signal following too closely," said Corporal Smith. "Speed can be a factor. We've worked entirely too many accidents that involve fatalities that were the result of an intoxicated driver. We want to stop it."

Officers will not announce where there will be check points.

To help police keep the roads safer, you're encouraged to dial highway patrol at #47 on your cell phone to report a drunk driver.

The legal limit is .08 but if you're 21 the legal limit is .02.    

So keep in mind the rules are a bit tougher for you.

The best advice for everyone is don't drive and drink.

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