LBPD to Conduct DUI Checkpoint Tonight

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DUI CheckpointsThe Long Beach Police Department will be conducting a checkpoint to screen for impaired and unlicensed drivers this Friday, December 16, 2011, from 6:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. Saturday, December 17, 2011, in the area of the South Patrol Division. In an effort to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved collisions, driving-under-the-influence (DUI) checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the street, as well as to educate the public on the dangers of driving while impaired.

“Over the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 13 lives and resulted in 274 injury crashes in Long Beach, harming 388 of our friends and neighbors,” said Long Beach Police Sergeant Aaron Alu.

The purpose of the checkpoint is to reduce those tragedies, as well as to ensure drivers have a valid driver’s license. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol alone drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted regularly. By publicizing these local enforcement and educational efforts, the Long Beach Police Department believes motorists can be deterred from driving while impaired, and lives will be saved.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for deterring impaired driving and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.

“Deaths from drunk and drug-impaired driving are going down in California,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). “But that still means that hundreds of our friends, family and co-workers are killed each year, along with tens of thousands who are seriously injured. We must all continue to work together to bring an end to these tragedies. If you see a drunk driver – call 9-1-1.”

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. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, insurance increases, DUI classes, and other expenses that can exceed $10,000. 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.

Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For more information, please contact Long Beach Police Department Traffic Section Sergeant Aaron Alu at (562) 570-5737.

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