The Long Beach Police Department Traffic Section conducted a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on December 16, 2016. The checkpoint was located at the intersection of Long Beach Boulevard and Del Amo, between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk/drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.
High visibility enforcement, which includes DUI/Drivers License checkpoints, has been shown to lower DUI deaths and injuries. A major component of these checkpoints is the deterrent effects on those who might drive alcohol or drug impaired, increasing awareness, and encouraging everyone to use sober designated drivers.
The recent checkpoint resulted in:
Drivers are encouraged to download the Designated Driver VIP, or “DDVIP,” free mobile app for Android or iPhone. The DDVIP app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more. The feature-packed app even has social media tie-ins and a tab for the non-DD to call a variety of paid driving services.
Studies of California drivers have shown that 30% of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14%) than did for alcohol (7.3%). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4%, slightly more than alcohol.
Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension, and other expenses that can exceed $10,000, not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.
The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1.’