4 Arrested During St. Patrick’s Day DUI Enforcement Operation

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Long Beach Police – Photo by Barbara Holbrook, Everything Long Beach

On Monday, March 17, 2014, the Long Beach Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Saturation Patrol, from 5:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. During the eight-hour operation, motor officers patrolled throughout the city looking for impaired drivers and took the following enforcement actions:

  • Made four (4) DUI arrests
  • Issued two (2) misdemeanor citations for suspended licenses
  • Impounded two (2) vehicles for drivers having a suspended license
  • Issued one (1) misdemeanor citation to an unlicensed driver
  • Issued fifteen (15) traffic citations for unsafe driving

After falling dramatically for five straight years, figures for 2012 show an increase to 802 deaths in California because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 9 lives and resulted in 315 injury crashes, harming 420 of our friends and neighbors.

Driving under the influence can impact the economy in addition to the pain and suffering of those immediately affected. Conservatively, a fatality has a $1.4 million impact, an injury $70,000, and a crash that only damages property averages nearly $9000.

Funding for this program is from a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Report Drunk Drivers, Call 9-1-1!

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