Long Beach
Police Department

Media Relations
400 W. Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 570-5273
11/17/2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 2014
Subject:
DUI CHECKPOINT PROVES EFFECTIVE
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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:

  • Seven (7) Standardized Field Sobriety Tests were conducted
  • Six (6) drivers were arrested for DUI
  • One (1) driver was cited for driving on a suspended license
  • Five (5) drivers were cited for unlicensed driving
  • Six (6) drivers were cited for unsafe driving
  • One (1) vehicle was impounded

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.