FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 2014
DUI SATURATION PATROL PROVES EFFECTIVE
On Sunday, May 18, 2014, the Long Beach Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Saturation Patrol from 6:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. During the eight-hour operation, Long Beach motor officers and DUI enforcement officers from outside police agencies (AVOID the 100 coalition) patrolled throughout the city looking for impaired drivers.
During the operation, officers took the following enforcement actions:
· Conducted sixty-seven (67) enforcement stops
· Conducted eighteen (18) field sobriety tests
· Made nine (9) DUI arrests
· Impounded three (3) vehicles
After falling dramatically for five straight years, figures for 2012 show an increase to 802 deaths in California because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Over the course of the past three years in Long Beach, DUI collisions have claimed nine lives and resulted in 315 injury crashes, harming 420 of our friends and neighbors.
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 $9,000.
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!