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UPDATE: Greenville Police use BATMobile for DWI checkpoint

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Greenville Police issued more than 50 traffic and criminal violations during a DWI checkpoint over the weekend.

On Saturday, Greenville Police, along with dozens of Pitt County troopers and deputies set up the checkpoint on 14th street. The goal, to catch people driving while impaired.

"We are stopping every vehicle that comes through this check point. Every vehicle is to be stopped. Every clear cut violation regardless if it's a simple expired registration or inspection, to something as complex as a driving while impaired. Any clear cut violation will be cited, so it's not just a driving while impaired violations we're looking for, we're looking for any violation," said Corporal of Traffic Safety in the Greenville Police Department, Michael Montanye.

During the four hour checkpoint eight people were charged with DWI, seven people were caught driving with a revoked license and there were seven misdemeanor drug charges. Police also seized more than 28 grams of marijuana, and other drug paraphernalia.

Helping them create an effective checkpoint, the state's new half-a -million dollar, Breath Alcohol Test mobile. The "BATmobile" has six breath machines, a chemical analyst, and a magistrate.

If law enforcement believes someone's impaired they'll bring them inside to the BATMobile where their breath will be tested, and depending on the levels is off to the magistrate just down the hall.

"This is a dream vehicle that encompasses all the stuff that you really need. It works really well at large check points," said BATMobile Manager Stephen Margart.

Police says having the bus makes the checkpoint more effective.

"It's just another way and another tool to get our message out there, that we're going to make Greenville safer and we're also going to make our roads safer; and, one way of doing that is removing impaired motorist from the road," said Montanye.

North Carolina has seven BATmobiles that travel around the state.

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