Long Beach
Police Department

Media Relations
400 W. Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 570-5273
9/8/2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 2014
Subject:
LONG BEACH POLICE DUI CHECKPOINT PROVES EFFECTIVE
Contact:
Media Relations Detail
(562) 570-5273






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:

  • Four (4) Standardized Field Sobriety Tests conducted
  • One (1) driver arrested for DUI
  • One (1) driver arrested for a misdemeanor warrant
  • Three (3) drivers cited for unlicensed driving
  • Two (2) drivers cited for suspended license
  • Four (4) drivers cited for unsafe driving

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.