FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 2015
L.B.P.D. DUI SATURATION PATROL PROVES EFFECTIVE
On Friday, January 30, 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. During the eight-hour operation, motor officers patrolled throughout the city looking for impaired drivers and took the following enforcement actions:
Conducted fifty-six (56) enforcement stops
Conducted thirteen (13) Standardized Field Sobriety Tests
Made three (3) DUI arrests
Made one (1) warrant arrest for suspended license
Issued two (2) citations to drivers with suspended licenses
Impounded two (2) vehicles for suspended licensed drivers
Issued fifteen (15) traffic citations for unsafe driving
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, 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 $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!