This just in.
It needs no introduction, except perhaps a shot of something strong before you see the bill.
"New Orleans Police Department’s Office of Public Information
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)"