FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 2014
DUI CHECKPOINT PROVES EFFECTIVE
On Saturday, April 26, 2014, the Long Beach Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted a Driving Under the Influence/Driver License Checkpoint on Atlantic Avenue and South Street, from 7 p.m. until 3 a.m. During the eight-hour operation, which was aided by Long Beach Police Explorers, Long Beach Search and Rescue, and Long Beach Public Works Department, 575 vehicles passed through the checkpoint with 286 drivers being screened and the following results:
· Five (5) field sobriety tests conducted
· Two (2) DUI arrests
· One (1) arrest for other charges
· Six (6) cited for unlicensed driving
· Three (3) cited for suspended license
· Three (3) vehicles impounded for suspended license
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) checkpoints are a vital component in the fight against both impaired and unlicensed driving. Nationally, impaired driving due to 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.