LBPD Set to Conduct DUI Checkpoint Saturday Night

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DUI CheckpointsThe Long Beach Police Department’s Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI Saturation Patrol on Saturday July 7, 2012, in the south and east areas of Long Beach, between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 4:00 am Sunday morning. DUI saturation patrols are a proven enforcement tool effective in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol-involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized saturation patrols are conducted often enough.

Officers will be contacting drivers throughout the city looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Drivers caught driving while impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

“Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 13 lives and resulted in 274 injury crashes harming 388 of our friends and neighbors,” said Sgt. Ernie Kohagura.

Saturation patrols are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provides the greatest safety for officers and the public.

“Deaths from drunk and drug-impaired driving are going down in California,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). “But that still means that hundreds of our friends, family and co-workers are killed each year, along with tens of thousands who are seriously injured. We must all continue to work together to bring an end to these tragedies. If you see a Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1.”

Funding for this saturation patrol is provided to the Long Beach Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, targeting those who still don’t heed the message to designate a sober driver.

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