On December 19, 2015, the Long Beach Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Saturation Patrol from 7:00 p.m. until 3:00 a.m., in place of the scheduled DUI Checkpoint. During the eight-hour operation, motor officers patrolled throughout the city looking for impaired drivers and took the following enforcement actions:
In California, this deadly crime led to 867 deaths and over 23,000 serious injuries in 2013 because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Nationally, the latest data shows over 10,000 were killed by an impaired driver. Over the course of the past three years, the Long Beach Police have investigated 1,032 DUI collisions, which have claimed seven lives and resulted in another 370 injuries.
Driving under the influence can impact the economy in addition to the pain and suffering of those immediately affected. Conservatively, a fatality has a $1.4 million impact, an injury $70,000, and a crash that only damages property averages nearly $9000.
Funding for this program is from a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Report Drunk Drivers, Call 9-1-1.