On Saturday, August 30, 2014, the Long Beach Police Department's Traffic Section conducted a Driving Under the Influence/Driver License Checkpoint on Ocean Boulevard and Pacific Avenue from 7:00 p.m. until 3:00 a.m. During the eight-hour operation, which was aided by Long Beach Police Explorers and Long Beach Search & Rescue, 1,633 vehicles passed through the checkpoint with 544 drivers being screened, resulting in the following statistics:
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.