by Kevin Allman
On Friday afternoon, the New Orleans Police Department and Chief Ronal Serpas will be unveiling the newest weapon in their crime-fighting tool belt: a $350,000 mobile DWI unit the NOPD has christened the "Batmobile."
Purchased through a grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, the
Drunkmobile Batmobile is a 38-foot long mobile unit with room for four citizens to cool their heels while a fifth blows into a tube in the rear of the vehicle.
Holy high-tech drunk tank, Batman! Look for it at a DWI checkpoint near you.
All the details of the press release under the jump. To the Batmobile, citizens! ...
NOPD Proudly Presents Custom-Made DWI Bat Mobile
(June 2, 2011) - Tomorrow afternoon, the NOPD will unveil its newest tool to take drunk drivers off the road. The NOPD DWI Bat Mobile has been a long time coming—plans to secure such a vehicle have been in the works since 2008. The Bat Mobile was purchased this year through a grant provided by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission. Sticker price: $350,000.00.
Officers Michael Eskine and Melvin Howard basically created the blueprint for a vehicle that best suits NOPD officers’ needs at DWI check points around New Orleans. The vehicle is 38 feet long and 12 feet wide. Two officers can test a drivers’ sobriety in the rear of the vehicle, while as many as 4 other drivers can wait to be tested in the front of the vehicle.
Officers Eskine and Howard will walk the media through the vehicle and demonstrate how the equipment works after the press conference.
Who: Louisiana Highway Safety Commission officials, NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas
What: Unveiling of the NOPD DWI Bat Mobile
Where: Special Operations Division Warehouse, 1899 Tchoupitoulas St.
When: Friday, June 3, 2011, 2pm (CST)