Weekend Checkpoint Results in 3 DUI Arrests, 1 for Drug Possesion

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dui-checkpoint Nov. 13 results

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On Saturday, November 13, 2010, the Long Beach Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted a Driving Under the Influence/Driver’s License checkpoint at Artesia Boulevard and Indiana Avenue from 6:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. “Drunk Driving – Over the Limit, Under Arrest” is the name of the 2010 campaign. During the eight-hour operation, which was aided by Long Beach Police Explorers and Long Beach Search and Rescue, 546 vehicles passed through the checkpoint with 256 being screened, which resulted in the following statistics.

  • 3 DUI arrests
  • 1 arrest for possession of drugs
  • 11 vehicles impounded for driving unlicensed or on a suspended license
  • 20 traffic citations issued
  • 3 vehicles towed

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