Click It or Ticket Crack Down in Huntsville

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville Police Department is warning drivers to prepare for checkpoint stops this week, leading up to Memorial Day weekend.

HPD is taking part in the national Click It or Ticket initiative.

Officials said that motorists who approach a checkpoint area should be prepared to provide a driver’s license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance.

HPD uses “Hot Spot” locations provided by state officials when selecting areas for checking points. The locations chosen are directly related to previous DUI-involved crashes.

The following list of locations designated as Hot Spot locations includes, but is not limited to:

  • Drake Avenue
  • Bob Wallace Avenue
  • University Drive
  • Memorial Parkway
  • Bailey Cove Road
  • Weatherly Road
  • Andrew Jackson Way
  • California Street
  • Sparkman Drive
  • Pulaski Pike
  • Winchester Road
  • Moores Mill Road

 

Officers remind motorists and passengers to be buckled up; both can be cited for non-compliance with state law.

The Click It Or Ticket initiative runs May 19 through June 1.

53 comments

  • Gilley

    Glad all the murders and rapes and drugs are all cleared up and nothing else is happening so we can focus our efforts for those evil people not wearing seatbelts. Dang I sure do feel safer now!

  • Michael

    If only I lived in a country where I could do whatever I wanted in my own darn vehicle as long as I wasn’t a threat to those around me. Wouldn’t that be nice.

    Why is this even a law? Safety, even when it comes at the expense of freedom?

    • Say What

      Too bad — it is the law. I guess, at least for that week, you will have to be a law abiding citizen. After that, you can go back to being a law breaker!

      • Michael

        Nice of you to assume I don’t wear my seatbelt. I always do. If I don’t my vehicle beeps repeatedly until I do.

      • Michael

        Those that are willing to give up their liberty for temporary security shall receive neither liberty nor security.

      • Say What

        Michael, that statement, taken to its logical end, leads to anarchy and another form of tyranny — tyranny of the individual! That is a world where nobody cares about other people. Jesus taught us to care about all of His’ people. To care about others means that you must be willing to give of yourself. I would rather see a “we” focused world and not a “me” focused world!

      • Michael

        With all due respect I’ll believe the words of Benjamin Franklin, one of the smartest and most enlightened men the world has ever known and someone who actually lived under a tyrannical government, over yours.

      • Say What

        Michael, your beloved B Franklin also said the following:

        The number of purely white people in the world is proportionably very small. All Africa is black or tawny. Asia chiefly tawney. And in Europe the Spaniards, Italians, French, Russians and Swedes are generally of what we call a swarthy complexion; as are the Germans also, the Saxons only being excepted, who with the English make up the principal body of white people on the face of the earth. I could wish their numbers increased. While we are scouring our planet by clearing America of woods, and so making our side of the planet reflect a brighter light to the inhabitants of Mars or Venus, why should we in the sight of superior beings darken its people? Why increase the sons of Africa by planting them in America, where we have an opportunity, by excluding all blacks and tawneys, of increasing the lovely white and red.”

  • Zohan

    This is such a serious violation of civil liberties. “Checkpoints” more like Harasspoints. POLICE STATE!! What gives the police the right to stop people who aren’t violating any laws? This is just an excuse to detain and search people. I miss my rights as an American citizen. I can only imagine what kind of harassments our children will face from these opportunistic criminals. Check Yourself. “Protect & Serve” what happened to that? SMH.. Every little liberty that we as citizens allow to be trampled on just snowballs into a very sadistic future thanks to these power hungry “civil servants”. We the people need to take back our rights. Some people may think that their helping out until the police push their power far enough to the point where they are knocking at your front door intruding on you. Think it can’t happen if you want too.

  • Nuclear Mike

    Since proof of insurance is now required at the point of buying car tags & the “star” driver’s license is going into effect, then this is just as the Gestapo would ask of you to “show us your papers or…”…the seat belt law is not the purpose of these unwarranteded stops or is it to gather DNA samples for the data base that HomeLand Defense wants of every citizen???

  • CN

    Boys and girls, it’s all about money. The states will get federal dollars for their highway projects for complying with “click it or ticket” campaigns and let’s face it, not wearing a seatbelt is low hanging fruit…

  • Michael

    Don’t know why my comment didn’t appear, so if this appears twice skip it. Anyways. Wouldn’t it be nice to live in a country where I could freely drive down the road without being stopped by police even though I haven’t committed a crime? Nor do they even have suspicion I’ve committed a crime? I say we start writing our state legislators and demanding that we make checkpoints of all kinds illegal in Alabama. 11 other states have already done it because it’s a blatant violation of the United States Constitution. Yes, I’m aware of Michigan v. Sitz and it was wrong then and it’s still wrong today.

  • Robert

    And the slave masters tighten their leash to make sure the populace realizes who’s in charge of their ‘freedom’

  • Say What

    When you suffer more medical expenses from not wearing your seat-belt you run up the costs to your insurance company. When the insurance company has to pay out more, they charge everyone in the insurance pool more premiums. You will leave behind a family when you die from a survivable crash because you were not wearing your seat belt. That family will lose a large part of their household income. That may cause your family to need assistance. That costs taxpayers. You do not live in a social vacuum. We live in groups called society. What you do or do not do impacts others. To be responsible means to consider your actions related to other people. I understand that the idea of “freedom” and “liberty” are all about caring only about yourself. I understand that you think you live in your own little bubble — but you do not. To be responsible and mature is to think of others more and yourself less!!

    • Branko Pezdi

      “I understand that the idea of “freedom” and “liberty” are all about caring only about yourself.”

      In other words, you don’t understand the concept at all.

    • Michael

      So why stop at seatbelts? Why not have the police wait outside your local supermarket and make sure you aren’t buying too much junk food and other goods that are unhealthy for you? Maybe even setup random fast food checkpoints to check drivers coming out of the drive thru that they aren’t going to chow down a load of Krystal’s burgers that MIGHT lead to something bad. After all, you don’t want the health insurance premiums to go up do you?

  • Joe

    Stop whining Huntsvillians. It’s all for our safety, particularly when so many cancel their insurance after purchasing license plates. And all the dangerous texting, cell phone usage, not wearing seat belts. I have no problem after being rear ended three times because of the cell phone issue and no insurance. And there are so many cars on the road with expired plates or no plates. Get or be legal and you have no complaints.

    • Michael

      LOL if you think this is about safety. Do you need the government to check and make sure your shoes are tied properly as well? Can’t risk a safety mishap like tripping over a shoestring. I’ve been rear ended twice myself, I’m still against this.

    • Branko Pezdi

      How grotesque. You would have made a great kapo or guard in the concentration camps my dad survived.

      • Say What

        Bunko, it took you a whole 5 minutes to launch your attack! You are getting slow — are you ok?

      • Say What

        One person’s police state is another person’s rule of law. People like you always claim the laws you do not like as tyranny. At the same time, you support the laws you do like and lock others away in prisons. Than, you stand back, puff up your chest, and crow about how moral and law abiding you are!

      • Michael

        Wrong. Here’s what I stand for. Are you doing anything that violates OTHER people or their rights? No? Then have a good day. That’s my stance. Yes, there are several laws that nanny laws and I don’t agree with those.

      • Say What

        Michael, I pointed out in another post that you are violating other people’s rights. “Personal” rights assumes that you live in social isolation. You don’t! You are impacting the finances of other insurance customers. You are also impacting the level of government expenditures when you leave your family dependent after your unnecessary death.

      • Michael

        Then why even travel on the roadways at all then? Just by being out there I’m putting myself at risk. Heck, according to you, I’m putting my family members at risk too just by doing it. Doesn’t even matter if I had somewhere important to go or was just taking a spin through the city.

        My point is when does it end? See my slightly exaggerated post about fast food joints and supermarkets. Just getting out of bed in the morning is a risk. You cannot eliminate all risks from everyone. It is not the government’s role to hold your hand for your entire life.

        As far as the insurance companies go, it’s a free market. If prices go up for Geico, switch to Alfa or another competitor. Government does not need to step in and intrude.

      • Say What

        Michael, it sounds like you have read way too much Ayn Rand! Her simple world is not one that is real.

  • Citizen for Freedom

    Notice to Officer at Roadside Stop
    As required by Alabama law, I am herewith tendering my driver’s license and proof of insurance. They are in proper order and I have committed no crime or traffic violation. I therefore request that all my documents (including my license) be returned to me and that I be permitted to leave immediately. If you doubt my ability to operate my vehicle, I will be glad to leave my car here and have a cab pick me up. Unless you return these items to me and advise me that I can leave with my license and other documents in my vehicle, I must assume this is more than a brief traffic stop, that my liberty is restrained, that I am under arrest, and that I must obey your orders without resistance, but do so under coercion and protest.
    I do not wish to answer any questions or make any statements at this time. I am exercising my right to remain silent. (U.S. Const. 5th Amend; Ala. Const. Art. I § 6) I request that my attorney be present during any questioning or proceedings against me (including voluntary field sobriety exercises) and that I be permitted to contact my attorney at the earliest possible time, as permitted by Ala. R. Crim. P. 4.2, and Alabama and U.S. constitutional law. I have the name and phone number with me at this time and would like to call immediately.
    Alabama law does not require me to submit to any verbal or non-verbal field sobriety evaluations, including reciting the alphabet, the horizontal gaze nystagmus, the Alco-Sensor (hand-held testing device), walk-and-turn, one-leg-stand or other such exercises. I know that these are SUBJECTIVELY GRADED evaluations, designed for me to fail. I, therefore, choose not to participate in any such so-called field sobriety evaluations, unless my attorney is present when such voluntary exercises are performed. If you ignore my constitutional and statutory rights under this card and verbally coerce me into taking any such evaluations, I am not performing any such exercises willfully and voluntarily, but am doing so to avoid confrontation with you, an armed law enforcement officer who has the ability and legal sanction to use deadly force.
    In compliance with the requirements of Alabama’s Implied Consent Law, I will consent to submit to tests of my breath, blood, urine or other bodily substances that you may designate, provided the test I am offered is properly done in strict compliance with all regulatory and statutory provisions and by a person certified to give the test (Ala. Code § 32-5A-194; Ala. Code § 32-5-192), after such person has displayed his/her permit and conditioned upon the test and testing device used being properly approved by the Ala. Dept. of Forensic Sciences in compliance with all regulations and rules validly established under Chapter 370-1-1-.01;.03 of the Rules of the Ala. Dept. of forensic Sciences Chemical Test For Intoxication. However, since I maintain that you did not have reasonable or legally sufficient cause to make this request for a chemical sobriety test, my consent is given under protest and is in no way voluntary. Furthermore, I do not waive any deficiencies in the advisements you are giving me, or in the procedures that you follow. I wish to be given a copy of the implied consent rights that you read to me. Any consent by me to take a chemical sobriety test is given only for devices that are operated with all electronic and operating components prescribed by the machine’s manufacturer properly attached and in good working order where all pre-testing protocol and mandated observation periods are followed precisely. Otherwise my consent is NOT voluntarily given.
    I request that I be provided {under Ala. Code § 32-5A-194 (a)(4)} with full information concerning your test, including a written copy of any report of results of your test. If it is used, I wish to view any digital or numerical readout on the breath machine, pursuant to my constitutional rights to confront witnesses and evidence against me. I also desire to have an independent analysis made of any chemical tests taken by the State of my blood or urine, and hereby demand that a sufficient sample of blood or urine be collected and properly sealed, and immediately refrigerated in a locked and secured refrigerator to prevent deterioration of the sample so as to permit re-analysis to be accomplished at a later date. Please honor this request for preservation of a sample by selecting a machine or type of test that can preserve a sample.
    After the administration of your test, I hereby request, under the authority of Ala. Code § 32-5A-194(a)(3), that I thereupon be transported to the nearest available private medical facility that will conduct independent blood alcohol testing. If feasible, I will select and utilize my own physician or medical provider to administer my independent test(s). I will make my own financial arrangements upon arrival at the selected facility, will select the type of test I want and I specifically request immediate access to a phone and phone directory to arrange this. This request should not be considered to be withdrawn or waived even if I take one or more of your tests.
    Any and all independent additional blood alcohol tests selected by me (breath, blood, and or urine) are being done as work-product for my attorney, and are confidential, as guaranteed by the attorney-client privilege and pursuant to my constitutional right to gather evidence in my defense. I do not consent to an any independent sample being divided or collected for use by the State, nor do I consent to copies of test results being given to anyone except me or my attorney.
    In the event you serve me with a Notice of Intended Suspension pursuant to Ala. Code § 32-5A-303, then I hereby request that I be afforded a hearing to review the propriety of the proposed administrative suspension pursuant to Ala. Code § 32-5A-306 and Ala. Code § 32-5A-307.
    I object (and do not consent) to a search of my person, my vehicle or any of my other property. Unless I give you written authority to search my vehicle (for “inventory” or other purposes) and arrange for impound of my vehicle, I wish for my vehicle to remain at its present location, locked, with a note explaining that it will be removed within the time frame as established by Ala. Code § 32-13-1, et seq., and I will arrange a private tow of the vehicle as soon as I am provided access to a phone by you as mandated by Ala. R. Crim. P. 4.2. I hereby release and indemnify your police department and governmental entity you work for from all liability resulting from leaving my vehicle at this location upon this request.
    I also demand that I be videotaped by use of police equipment, both at the roadside and the police station, and that all such tapes be preserved for later use in court. Furthermore, I demand that all radio communication concerning from the point you first contacted dispatch on this stop until I was taken to your station be preserved. Both of these requests are made under the authority of Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83 (1963) and it’s progeny, in that said evidence is both exculpatory and usable as impeachment of your case in chief against me.
    OFFICER, THIS DOCUMENT CONSTITUTES AN OFFICIAL NOTIFICATION OF MY EXERCISE OF MY LEGAL RIGHTS THAT SHOULD BE RETAINED FOR YOUR RECORDS.

    Signed by Me: _____________________________ Dated: ______________________________

    Signed by Receiving Officer: ___________________________________ Dated: __________________

    • Michael

      I have a card that says a way more compact version of that and I’m going to have it handy this week. It states, “I DO NOT CONSENT to any search of my body, home, car, personal items, and all other property. I am exercising my rights under the United States Constitution to REMAIN SILENT and to have my attorney present during any questioning. I want to contact my attorney immediately. If I am free to leave, then I demand to be allowed to leave. I do not agree to stay and speak with you.”

      I’m also going to have my phone charged up to record the encounter.

      • Say What

        You also need to get ready to have a dog go through and destroy your car! As the ole country song goes, “I fought the law and the law won!!!!!”

      • Michael

        A dog? I thought this was about seatbelts and safety? Do the dogs smell seatbelt violations now?

        See what I mean? Even you get it. It’s not about safety at all. That’s the pitch they use to sell it to the public. It’s about taking people to jail or extorting people out of their hard earned money in spite of the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment.

      • Say What

        When you proudly flip out that card and give it to the police you will be singing, “who let the dogs out, who! who!”

      • Michael

        They’re going to run their dogs around anyway. Like I said, citizen safety isn’t their top priority. They are trained to take people to jail. That’s it.

        Exercising my Constitutional rights would help me in the court of law if I ever were to get charged with anything. Remember, you don’t actually have to be guilty of something to get charged/arrested.

      • Say What

        They do not run the dogs on me. I don’t hassle them with some crazy anti-government flash card attitude!

  • Wakeup

    another day in PO-PO land. You people need to quit whining. only a law-breaking thug has bad things to say about the POPO. You break the law, you pay the price. SO, Click it, OR ticket!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope they lock you up with BIG Bubba!!

    • Say What

      Now the trolls are highjacking other people’s names rather than making up their own. The comment about PoPo is not mine. This is what people do when they can not stand on their own merits.

  • santaclausmama

    Well SAID…ALL of you….NOW…if only the LAWS were LAWS written FOR the people and not for the GREEDY POCKETS of our states.I could really feel Safe and not screwed!

  • Citizen for Freedom

    It is my intention to peacefully harass and detain any LEO which has the misfortune of pulling me over or working an unconstitutional random checkpoint. I will refuse to submit to any search or seizure. i will refuse to speak or answer questions. I will force that LEO to show his/her true colors! Whether that is a good cop or a bad cop! If I encounter a bad cop, I will push the issue as far up the chain of command as possible. I will facebook it. I will right every politician on the ballet. I will call the media. It is not only our right to force Law Enforcement Officers to abide by the law, which they have sworn to obey, it is our responsibility! I was born into a FREE Country! I want it back! Together… we can achieve anything! Government of the people, by the people, and for the people!

  • Remember Remember...

    This is a complete load of crap, “click it or ticket” it’s more like “we need more money from you guys to pay our corrupt court officials and police force”. This is an easy way for the state to get more money from people and try to control is all.For the people bringing religion into this, you all are idiots. God has nothing to do with this. It’s time for everyone to wake up and realize the government is not here to protect you. The police are not here to protect you. It’s a false sense of security. It’s time to wake up people. Question authority. Know YOUR rights.

    • Michael

      Actually, most of us are arguing for small government interference in our day to day lives. That’s a conservative stance.

      • B

        I couldn’t agree with any of your post more Michael! We’ll put, and anyone who disagrees need to open their eyes. Ya occasionally you have a run in with a friendly, good officer. But I believe we’ve all met some of the others who intentionally try to intimidate you, or make you feel as if you have to answer to their every command. I don’t believe all officers are this way, but it’s not a good ratio. I’ve been searches 3 times for absolutely no reason! They have never found a thing, nor is was there anything to find! Well I’m done with it! Iv always tried to cooperate but I’m sick of them slinging crap all over my car, one officer broke my sunglasses, I usually have a back-pack or 2 in the car. Generally one for my laptop and things I take to work and the other has my motorcycle gear. I know it’s hard to believe but not once has an officer put my belongings back where they go, they just leave everything scattered then say “here’s your warning/or ticket” and walk away. Not a good day, drive safe, just a jerk!

  • Carly

    Ever since ’89 and I randomly had my seat belt on and was at the intersection of Whitesburg and Airport, during the tornado, and I had two huge bruises on my hip bones, I will not ride without my seatbelt on!!!

  • Zohan

    SMH.. The point is being missed. For an officer to stop and search you witout just cause is ILLEGAL.. So how does allowing people who hold are supposed to up hold the law to subsiquently break the law as justifiable is Ludacris and only accepted by brain washed citizens who have no idea how hard people fought to maintain civil liberties. Governments should be afraid of the people not people of the government. Democracy 101 or would you prefer communism.. Way to stick to your guns Michael. Don’t let the Trolls try and bully you.

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