Driving Under the Influence Saturation Patrol Proves Successful

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DUI CheckpointsOn Saturday January 19, 2013, the Long Beach Police Department’s Traffic Division conducted a Driving Under the Influence Saturation Patrol from 8:00 p.m. until 4:00 a.m. During the eight-hour operation, five officers worked the northern and southern areas of Long Beach looking for impaired drivers and generated the following results:

  • Five (5) people were arrested for driving under the influence
  • One (1) citation was issued to an unlicensed driver
  • Fifteen (15) moving citations were issued
  • Three (3) vehicles were impounded

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Saturation Patrols are a vital component in the fight against both impaired and unlicensed driving. Nationally, impaired driving caused by alcohol and/or drugs causes one death every 33 minutes. The average American has a 30% chance of being killed or injured by a driver under the influence. DUI Saturation Patrols have been proven to reduce these types of driving-related collisions by removing such drivers from our streets.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Safety Administration.

For further information, please contact Traffic Section Sergeant Ernie Kohagura at (562) 570-5737.

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