Recent DUI Checkpoint Results in Numerous Arrests and Citations

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On Saturday, February 8, 2014, the Long Beach Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted a Driving Under the Influence/Driver License Checkpoint on Artesia Boulevard, east of Cherry Avenue, from 7 p.m. until 3 a.m.  During the eight-hour operation, which was aided by Long Beach Police Explorers and Long Beach Search and Rescue, 422 vehicles passed through the checkpoint with 222 drivers being screened, resulting in the following statistics:

  • Six (6) DUI arrests
  • Six (6) cited for unlicensed driving
  • Three (3) cited for suspended license
  • Three (3) vehicles impounded due to drivers with suspended licenses

DUI checkpoints are a vital component in the fight against both impaired and unlicensed driving. Nationally, impaired driving 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. Sobriety checkpoints 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.

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