On Saturday, November 15, 2014, the Long Beach Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted a Driving Under the Influence/Driver License Checkpoint on 7th Street, west of Junipero Avenue, from 7 p.m. until 3 a.m. Officers were aided by Long Beach Police Reserves, Long Beach Police Explorers, and Long Beach Search and Rescue. During the eight-hour operation, 1508 vehicles passed through the checkpoint with 535 drivers being screened, and the following results:
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) checkpoints are a vital component in the fight against both impaired and unlicensed driving. Nationally, impaired driving caused by alcohol and/or drugs causes one death every 33 minutes. The average American has a 30% chance of being killed or injured by a driver under the influence. Sobriety checkpoints have been proven to reduce these types of driving-related collisions by removing such drivers from our streets.
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Safety Administration.