DUI Checkpoint Campaign “Drunk Driving – Over the Limit, Under Arrest” Proves Successful

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dui and driver's license checkpoint long beachOn Saturday, January 22, 2011, officers from the Long Beach Police Department conducted a “Driving Under the Influence / Driver’s License Checkpoint” at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Loynes Drive. “Drunk Driving – Over the Limit, Under Arrest” is the campaign for 2011, and Long Beach Police Explorers and Long Beach Search and Rescue assisted with this operation.

The checkpoint operated from 6:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m., and during the eight-hour operation 1,914 vehicles passed through the checkpoint, with 551 of those screened. There were four arrests for driving under the influence, one arrest for possession of drugs and a parole violation. Seven vehicles were impounded because the drivers were unlicensed or had a suspended license, two vehicles were towed, and 22 drivers were issued traffic citations.

Checkpoints are a vital component in the fight against both impaired and unlicensed drivers. Nationally, impaired driving caused by drugs and/or alcohol causes one death every 33 minutes. Sobriety checkpoints have been proven to reduce impaired driving related collisions by removing these drivers from our streets. The average American has a 30% chance of being killed or injured by an impaired driver.

This operation was funded through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

For further information, please contact Sergeant Douglas Bender of the Traffic Section at (562) 570-7484.

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