LBPD Court Sting Nabs 5 Drivers with Suspended Licenses

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arrestedOn Monday, April 27, 2009, the Long Beach Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Section conducted a Suspended License Court Sting.  The operation is one of several components of a DUI Traffic Safety Grant awarded to the Police Department by the California Office of Traffic Safety.  

Studies indicate that unlicensed drivers, and those who drive while their license is suspended/revoked, are responsible for a disproportionate number of traffic collisions resulting in injuries or fatalities.  In many cases, when a license is suspended, it is a direct result of demonstrated driving performance, such as DUI and violation point accumulation. Such drivers pose a threat to public safety.

Working from the court calendar, numerous cases involving drivers that are unlicensed or have suspended licenses are identified. Traffic officers monitor the court proceedings and ensure that individuals without valid driver’s licenses do not drive away.  

Of the cases heard, five of the defendants attempted to drive from the courthouse, before being intercepted by officers. Due to the success of this program, the number of drivers arrested and vehicles impounded at the conclusion of court proceedings have been greatly reduced.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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