LBPD checkpoint screens more than 1200 drivers Saturday
2009-08-18 · By Editor
On Saturday, August 15, 2009, the Long Beach Police Department conducted a Driving Under the Influence/Driver’s License checkpoint at Anaheim Street and Obispo Avenue, with the objective to send a clear message to those who are considering driving a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol and/or drugs – Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest.
The checkpoint operated from 6:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. During the operation, and with the assistance of the Long Beach Police Explorers and Long Beach Search and Rescue, approximately 1,204 vehicles passed through the checkpoint with 475 being screened. As a result of the secondary screening, three (3) persons were arrested for driving under the influence, and 11 drivers were issued traffic citations for driving on a suspended license or with no driver’s license at all.
Checkpoints are a vital component in the fight against both impaired and unlicensed drivers. Nationally, impaired driving caused by drugs and or alcohol causes one death every 33 minutes. Sobriety checkpoints have been proven to reduce impaired driving-related collisions by removing these drivers from our streets. The average American has a 30% chance of being killed or injured by an impaired driver.
This operation was funded through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.