DUI Enforcement Teams Will Be in Search of Impaired Drivers Sunday

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Officers from the Long Beach Police Department’s DUI Enforcement Team will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the Department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign.  DUI Saturation Patrols will deploy on Sunday, May 5th, between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m., in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests.   “This is a ‘Zero Tolerance’ crackdown, so Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over!” said Sergeant Ernie Kohagura.

In California, this deadly crime led to 774 deaths in 2010 because someone failed to designate a sober driver.  After falling dramatically for five straight years, figures for 2011 indicated that DUI deaths remained the same as 2010.  Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 14 lives and resulted in 305 injury crashes harming 417 of our friends and neighbors.

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

“California’s roadways are very much safer than they were before 2006,” said OTS Director Christopher J. Murphy.  “The Long Beach Police Department will be keeping the pressure on drivers through enforcement and public awareness so that we can continue saving lives and reach the vision we all share – Toward zero deaths, every 1 counts.”

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  Report Drunk Drivers, Call 9-1-1!

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