FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 2014
LONG BEACH POLICE DUI CHECKPOINT PROVES EFFECTIVE
On Saturday June 7, 2014, the Long Beach Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted a Driving Under the Influence/Driver License Checkpoint on Ocean Boulevard east of Cherry Avenue from 7 p.m. until 3 a.m. During the eight-hour operation, which was aided by Long Beach Police Explorers and Long Beach Search and Rescue, 1,541 vehicles passed through the checkpoint with 437 drivers being screened, resulting in the following statistics:
· Ten (10) Standardized Field Sobriety Tests conducted
· Four (4) drivers arrested for DUI
· One (1) driver arrested for DUID (Drug)
· Two (2) drivers arrested for warrants
· Four (4) drivers cited for unlicensed driving
· One (1) driver cited for suspended license
· Three (3) 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.