The Long Beach Police Department Traffic Section conducted a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on June 13, 2015, on westbound 7th Street at Locust Avenue, between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety 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 drugged 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 was aided by Long Beach Police Explorers and Long Beach Search and Rescue, 1,313 vehicles passed through the checkpoint with 459 drivers being screened for driving under the influence, and resulted in the following statistics:
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!