Halloween DUI Patrol issues 31 Citations, Arrests 4

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On Sunday, October 31, 2010, the Long Beach Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted a DUI Saturation Patrol throughout Long Beach. This patrol operated from 6:00 p.m. Sunday night until 2:00 a.m. Monday morning. During the eight-hour operation, six additional police officers patrolled the city looking for impaired drivers, resulting in the following statistics:

  • 4 DUI arrests
  • 2 Misdemeanor arrests
  • 1 driver cited for unlicensed driving
  • 1 vehicle impounded
  • 31 traffic citations issued
  • 16 parking citations issued

DUI saturation patrols are a vital component in the fight against impaired driving. Nationwide, one-third (32%) of the total fatalities were in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics). Nationally, impaired driving caused by alcohol or drugs causes one death every 30 minutes. Saturation patrols 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. “When more people drive sober and safely, lives are saved. It’s just that simple,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the Office of Traffic Safety. “This grant will help make Long Beach just that much safer of a place to work and live.”

For further information contact Traffic Section Sergeant Ernie Kohagura at 562-570-7209.

This information is preliminary and has not been completely verified. It is based in part on hearsay and is intended for early information use rather than being a formal investigative report.

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