Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na, BAT VAN!

Keep Houston Press Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

The Houston Police Department posted a video on their YouTube account today to inform Houstonians about a new DWI crackdown and a new vehicle they think will aid them. The Breath Alcohol Testing or "BAT" Van is a mobile facility for processing potential drunk drivers.

We doubt the four vans, which will be distributed throughout the city, contain missile launchers like the fictional Batmobile or the metal force shields of the EM-50 Urban Assault Vehicle from the movie Stripes, but HPD hopes they will make it easier for officers to quickly detain suspects, drop them off and get out on the street.

"[An officer] can just drop off a drunk and we can process him," said Assistant Chief Brian Lumpkin, calling the BAT Van a "one-stop shop."

The video explains that this is all part of a six-month initiative to double the number of officers on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights looking for drunk drivers. According to the video, Houston leads the nation in alcohol-related fatalities and, as Captain Carl Driskell puts it, "You like to be a leader, but you don't want to be leading the nation in this particular category."

So, this weekend, when you're cruising down Washington Avenue in your Hummer hammered on Jägerbombs and you end up in HPD's mobile drunk tank and good time fun machine, don't say we didn't warn you.

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.