On Saturday, July 12, 2014, the Long Beach Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted a Driving Under the Influence / Driver License Checkpoint on northbound Atlantic Avenue, south of Artesia Boulevard, from 7 p.m. until 3 a.m. During the eight-hour operation, which was aided by Long Beach Police Explorers and Long Beach Search and Rescue, 1,131 vehicles passed through the checkpoint with 227 drivers being screened, resulting in the following statistics:
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.