L.B.P.D. Schedules Checkpoint for Impaired and Unlicensed Drivers

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DUI CheckpointsThe Long Beach Police Department will be conducting a driving under the influence/driver’s license checkpoint on Saturday, May 14, 2011, from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., in north Long Beach.

In an effort to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes, D.U.I. checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the street, as well as to educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving and to deter people from driving while under the influence.

All too often, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers. This D.U.I./driver’s license checkpoint is an effort to reduce those tragedies, ensure drivers have a valid driver’s license, and increase awareness of the dangers of impaired driving, all while encouraging sober designated drivers.

A D.U.I. checkpoint is a proven effective method for achieving these goals. By publicizing these enforcement and education efforts, the Long Beach Police Department believes motorists can be deterred from drinking and driving. Traffic volume and weather permitting, all vehicles may be checked and drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will be arrested. Our objective is to send a clear message to those who are considering driving a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol and/or drugs – Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest. The public is encouraged to help keep roadways safe by calling 9-1-1 if they see a suspected impaired driver.

Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For further information please contact Long Beach Police Department Traffic Enforcement Section Sergeant Douglas Bender at (562) 570-7484.

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