DUI Checkpoint on Ocean Boulevard tonight

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dui and driver's license checkpoint long beachIn an effort to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes, DUI checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the street, as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving.

The Long Beach Police Department will conduct a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint tonight, March 20, from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Ocean Boulevard and Chestnut Place.

This checkpoint will verify the sobriety of drivers and make sure that they have a valid driver’s license.

A major component of the LBPD’s monthly checkpoints is to encourage sober designated drivers. A DUI Checkpoint is a proven effective method for achieving this goal. By publicizing their enforcement and education efforts, the police department will motorists 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. The public can also help to keep the roadways safe by calling 911 if they see a suspected impaired driver.

Earlier this month on Friday, March 5, the police department’s traffic section conducted a DUI Saturation Patrol throughout the City of Long Beach from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. During the 8-hour operation, eight additional police officers patrolled the City looking for impaired drivers, resulting in the following: 5 arrests for DUI, 1 misdemeanor arrest, 1 handgun confiscated, 3 citations issued for being unlicensed, 3 citations issued for driving with a suspended license, 26 parking citations issued, 3 vehicles impounded, 1 stored vehicle and 82 miscellaneous traffic citations.

DUI Saturation Patrols are a vital component in the fight against impaired drivers. Saturation patrols have been proven to reduce impaired driving-related collisions by removing these drivers from our streets.

Funding for these operations is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For more information about DUI Checkpoints contact Sergeant Tom Marcoux in the Traffic Section at (562) 570-7295.

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