LBPD To Conduct DUI Checkpoint Tonight

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The Long Beach Police Department’s Traffic Section will conduct a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on Friday, September 13, 2013, in North Division, which will take place between 7:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m.

The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol and/or drug related crashes. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol decrease by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints occur on a frequent basis.

Long Beach Police Officers will contact drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Proper licensing of drivers will also be checked. Delays to motorists, if any, are expected to be only momentary. When possible, specially trained officers will also be available to evaluate those drivers suspected of drug-impaired driving. All impaired drivers can expect to be jailed, the suspension of their licensing privileges, and insurance cost increases. Consequent fines, fees, DUI classes, and other expenses can exceed $10,000.

In 2011, nearly 10,000 people were killed nationally in motor vehicle traffic crashes that involved at least one driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or higher. In California, this deadly crime led to 774 deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent. Based on collision statistics and the frequency of DUI arrests, DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.

“DUI Checkpoints have been an essential part of the phenomenal reduction in DUI deaths that we witnessed since 2006 in California,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the Office of Traffic Safety. “But since the tragedy of DUI accounts for nearly one third of traffic fatalities, Long Beach needs the high visibility enforcement and public awareness that checkpoints provide.”

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to Long Beach Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to continue to work together to bring an end to these tragedies.

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