Long Beach
Police Department

Media Relations
400 W. Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 570-5273
9/6/2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 2016
Subject:
DUI SATURATION PATROL NETS TWO ARRESTS
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Long Beach Police Department Traffic Section conducted a DUI Saturation Patrol on September 3, 2016, between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. High visibility DUI enforcement efforts have a deterrent effect lowering the incidents of impaired driving and will continue thanks to special funding for extra officers to patrol for this deadly crime. Forty-four vehicle enforcement stops were conducted which led to one DUI-alcohol arrest and one DUI-drug arrest. Two drivers were issued citations for being unlicensed and an additional 20 citations were issued to drivers for traffic violations.

Law enforcement emphasizes the preventable nature of drunk driving, reminding everyone that all it takes is a little planning ahead. Designate a sober driver or call a cab. But whatever you do, don’t drink and drive. The California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP (Designated Driver VIP) mobile app is available for free download on iOS and Android devices. Launched last year, the DDVIP app offers enhanced features, allowing users to “Map a Spot” with their current location to find DDVIP partnering establishments in their area or a “List of Spots” to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California. Users will be offered free incentives at each bar to celebrate their life saving role. They can stay up-to-date with the latest from DDVIP and see what other users are saying via its social tab. Also through the app, for those who want to imbibe but also make it a point to plan ahead, users can easily order a sober ride from one of several ride sharing services offered–all from one screen.

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of their DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, and other expenses that can exceed $10,000, not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out. The DUI Saturation Patrol was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1’.

The Long Beach Police Department will conduct a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on Saturday, September 10, 2016, in the Department’s ongoing commitment to lowering deaths and injuries upon the city’s streets and highways.