DUI Saturation Patrols to Deploy For Long Beach Pride
2014-05-16 · By Editor
Long Beach Police Department’s DUI Enforcement Team, along with officers from other local law enforcement agencies, will deploy on Sunday, May 18, 2014, to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the Department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign. DUI Saturation Patrols will deploy between 6:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests.
“Come enjoy the exciting Pride Parade and Festival activities in Long Beach but please designate a sober driver ahead of time or call a taxi to ensure the safety of not only yourself, but other members of the community,” said Long Beach Police Department’s Traffic Section Lieutenant Kris Klein. “DUI injuries and deaths are completely preventable.”
After falling dramatically for five straight years, figures for 2012 show an increase to 802 deaths in California because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Over the course of the past three years in Long Beach, DUI collisions have claimed nine lives and resulted in 315 injury crashes, harming 420 of our friends and neighbors.
To prevent these tragedies from occurring, attendees are encouraged to practice the following safety tips:
- Before the festivities begin, plan a way to safely get home at the end of the night
- Designate a sober driver before drinking and leave your car keys at home
- Buzzed driving is impaired driving whether from alcohol, marijuana, prescription or illegal drugs. If impaired, please use a taxi or public transportation, or call a sober friend or family member to return home safely
- If you know someone who may be about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make responsible choices to arrive at their destination safely
- If you see a drunk driver on the road, Report Them! Call 9-1-1! You could save a life.
Funding for this program is from a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.