DUI Checkpoint Proves Effective
2010-12-21 · By Editor
On Saturday, December 11, 2010, in keeping with the 2010 “Drunk Driving – Over the Limit – Under Arrest” campaign, the Long Beach Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted a driving under the influence/driver’s license checkpoint at the intersection of Seventh Street and Locust Avenue, from 6:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. Aided by Long Beach Police Explorers and Long Beach Search and Rescue, 1,735 vehicles passed through the checkpoint, with 585 being screened, resulting in the following statistics:
- 2 DUI arrests
- 1 felony arrest
- 3 misdemeanor arrests
- 20 cited for unlicensed driving
- 8 cited for suspended license
- 28 vehicles impounded
- 2 vehicles stored
- 14 other citations issued
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.
For further information contact Long Beach Police Department Traffic Section Sergeant Ernie Kohagura at (562) 570-5737.