LBPD Awarded Grant to Combat DUI Related Deaths and Injuries

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The Long Beach Police Department has been awarded a new traffic safety grant for an anti-DUI program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on Long Beach roadways. Enforcement measures to combat impaired driving are coming as a result of a recent $120,682.00 grant awarded by the California Office of Traffic Safety to Long Beach. The Long Beach Police Department is dedicated to keeping our streets safe through both enforcement and education.

“We realize the importance of the partnership that we share with OTS, and this grant will enable us the ability to increase the city-wide enforcement we provide”, said Long Beach Police Department Chief Jim McDonnell. “DUI checkpoints play a vital role in raising awareness and educating the public on the dangers of drinking and driving, while serving as a deterrent, which is a value beyond measure.”

The special DUI Checkpoint grant is to assist in efforts to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol and other drug related collisions in the community. The grant activities will specifically target impaired driving offenders as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving.

Drunk and drugged driving is among America’s deadliest crimes. In 2011, a modern day low of 774 people were killed and over 24,000 injured in alcohol and drug-impaired crashes in California. In 2012, Long Beach experienced 6 killed and 159 injured in these tragic crashes. Crashes involving alcohol have been shown to drop by up to 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough. Checkpoints have proven to be the most effective of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent and are supported by nearly 90 percent of California drivers.

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