Long Beach
Police Department

Media Relations
400 W. Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 570-5273
4/28/2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 2015
Subject:
L.B.P.D. DUI CHECKPOINT PROVES EFFECTIVE
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(562) 570-5273






On Saturday, April 26, 2014, the Long Beach Police Department's Traffic Section conducted a Driving Under the Influence/Driver License Checkpoint on Atlantic Ave. and South St. 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 Public Works, 575 vehicles passed through the checkpoint with 286 drivers being screened, resulting in the following statistics:
  • Five (5) field sobriety tests conducted
  • Two (2) DUI arrests
  • One (1) arrest for other charges
  • Six (6) cited for unlicensed driving
  • Two (2) cited for suspended license
  • One (1) vehicles impounded for suspended license

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.  For further information contact Traffic Section Lieutenant Kris Klein at (562) 570-7292.