FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 2016
DUI SATURATION PATROL NETS 3 ARRESTS
The Long Beach Police Department Traffic Section conducted a DUI Saturation Patrol on Saturday June 4, between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. High visibility DUI enforcement efforts have a deterrent effect lowering the incidents of impaired driving and will continue thanks to special funding for extra officers to patrol for this deadly crime. Officers made 53 vehicle enforcement stops which led to 3 DUI-alcohol arrests.
Law Enforcement emphasizes the preventable nature of drunk driving reminding everyone that all it takes is a little planning ahead. Designate a sober driver or call a cab. But whatever you do, don’t drink and drive. The California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP (Designated Driver VIP) mobile app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices. Launched last year, the new DDVIP app offers enhanced features, allowing users to “Map a Spot” with their current location to find DDVIP partnering establishments in their area or a “List of Spots” to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California. Users will be offered free incentives at each bar to celebrate their life saving role. They can stay up-to-date with the latest from DDVIP and see what other users are saying via its social tab. Also through the app, for those who want to imbibe but also make it a point to plan ahead, users can easily order a sober ride from one of several ride sharing services offered– all from one screen.
Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of their DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.
The Long Beach Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Saturday June 18 in the Department’s ongoing commitment to lowering deaths and injuries upon the city’s streets and highways.
The DUI Saturation Patrol was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1’.