The Long Beach Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint on July 11, 2015, on southbound Cherry Avenue at 45th Street between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for deterring drunk and drug impaired driving while providing a safe environment for officers and the public.
DUI/Drivers License checkpoints have been shown to lower DUI deaths and injuries. A major component of these checkpoints are the deterrent effects it has on those who might drive drunk or drug impaired, bringing about more awareness and encouraging everyone to use sober designated drivers.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent. Ninety Percent of California drivers approve of checkpoints.
During the eight hour operation, which included the assistance of the Long Beach Police Explorers and the Long Beach Search and Rescue crew, 983 vehicles passed through the checkpoint with 222 drivers being screened for driving under the influence, resulting in the following statistics:
The Long Beach Police Department is committed to lowering deaths and injuries upon our streets and highways.The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Report Drunk Drivers, Call 9-1-1!