Officers Set Up DUI Enforcement Operation on St. Patrick’s Day

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Officers from the Long Beach Police Department’s DUI Enforcement Team will be deploying today, Monday, March 17, 2014, to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the Department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign. DUI Saturation Patrols will deploy in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests.

“When you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, just be smart about it. If you know you’re going to drink—whether with friends at a pub or attending a party — designate a sober driver ahead of time or call a taxi to make sure you get home safely,” said Long Beach Police Department’s Traffic Lieutenant Kris Klein. “There’s never an excuse for driving after drinking.”

After falling dramatically for five straight years, figures for 2012 show an increase to 802 deaths in California, from 774 deaths in the previous year, caused by impaired drivers.

To prevent these tragedies from occurring, Lieutenant Klein recommends the following steps to have a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day:

  • Before the festivities begin, plan a way to safely get home at the end of the night
  • Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home
  • If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation to get home safe
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, Report Them! Call 9-1-1! You could save a life

And remember, if you know people who are about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

DUI can impact the economy in addition to the pain and suffering of those immediately affected. Conservatively, a fatality has a $1.4 million impact, an injury $70,000, and a crash that only damages property averages nearly $9000.

Funding for this program is from a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Report Drunk Drivers, Call 911!

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