DUI Checkpoint Planned For East Long Beach Saturday

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The Long Beach Police Department Traffic Section will conduct a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on Saturday, June 7, 2014, in East Long Beach, between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m.

The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20% when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely.

In California, this deadly crime led to 802 deaths in 2012 because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Nationally, the latest data shows nearly 10,000 were killed by an impaired driver. “Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions in Long Beach have claimed nine lives and resulted in 315 injury crashes, harming 420 of our friends and neighbors,” said Long Beach Police Department Sergeant Aaron Alu.

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment with officers checking drivers for proper licensing, delaying motorists only momentarily. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving. Recent statistics reveal that 30% of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs (14%) that may impair driving than did for alcohol (7.3%). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4%, slightly more than alcohol.

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. Nearly 90% of California drivers approve of DUI checkpoints.

DUI checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000, not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Long Beach Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1’.


6 Responses to “DUI Checkpoint Planned For East Long Beach Saturday”
  1. Lew says:

    I don’t believe this should be published. Let the drivers get busted. They want to take the risk then they deserve to consequences and the 10K+ it will cost them.

  2. Onyx says:

    I’m glad they publish these. In fact, I wish they were more specific about where it is going to be. The traffic mess it will make for those of us who work late at night is something that I want to avoid.

    Regular, working people can benefit from knowing where these checkpoints are. I love how stupid people just assume that you’re posting this info to help the drunks.

    • Lew says:

      Thank you for your rude comment. Let us see how many other “stupid” people respond to this post. You seem to be the only “stupid” person who has. Some of us young folks (53) who are lucky enough to be retired appreciate you “working” folks. I don’t think you would be commuting at that time…..possibly. Oh how sad you may be inconvenienced for your travel(s). My heart does not bleed for you in the least. Unfortunately you cannot use your “real” name and hide behind a fake name.

      • Onyx says:

        I love how you just assume this isn’t my real name. Now you look stupid too.

        • Lew says:

          Ewwwww, smell you. Still no real name. No further comments. Just stupid people like so called Onyx.

          Oh please, get common sense on post properly. Just hate ignorance and stupidity.

        • Lew says:

          Yeah sure, Onyx. Oh please!