FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 2016
DUI SATURATION PATROL NETS TWO ARRESTS
The Long Beach Police Department Traffic Unit conducted a DUI Saturation Patrol on Friday, December 9, 2016, between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. High visibility enforcement efforts like this have a deterrent effect, lowering the incidents of impaired driving. The saturation patrol resulted in:
· 39 vehicle enforcement stops
· 2 DUI-alcohol suspects arrested
· 4 drivers cited/arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed or while suspended/revoked
· 17 citations issued for unsafe driving
Drivers are encouraged to download the Designated Driver VIP, or “DDVIP,” free mobile app for Android or iPhone. The DDVIP app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more. The feature-packed app also has social media tie-ins and a tab for the non-DD to call ride-sharing services.
Studies of California drivers have shown that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol.
Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses that can exceed $10,000, not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.
Long Beach Police Department will conduct a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on Friday, December 16, 2016, in our ongoing commitment to lowering deaths and injuries upon our streets and highways.