The holidays will feel a bit different this year, but one thing that has not changed is choosing a sober way to go.
This holiday season, the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) encourages our community to make sure every holiday celebration ends with a sober driver.
Starting Dec. 26 through Jan. 1, the LBPD will have additional officers on patrol focusing on any violators suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
In addition, officers will be actively looking for other unsafe driving practices – speeding, not wearing a seat belt, driving distracted, and not yielding to bicyclists or pedestrians – to ensure everyone has a safe holiday.
“This has been a difficult year, so let’s try and end it on a good note by being safe on the road during the holidays,” said Traffic Enforcement Lieutenant Kris Klein. “Taking simple precautions helps ensure we can all enjoy the holidays safely.”
LBPD reminds drivers that driving high also counts as driving impaired. Marijuana, prescription/illegal drugs, and some over-the-counter medications may cause impairment, especially in combination with alcohol and other drugs.
“There’s no joy in a DUI,” Traffic Motor Sergeant William McDonald said. “Sober is the way to go.”
Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.”