LBPD End of Summer DUI Checkpoint Proves Effective

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On Saturday, August 31, 2013, the Long Beach Police Department’s (LBPD) Traffic Section conducted a Driving Under the Influence/Driver License Checkpoint on 7th Street at Locust Avenue. The checkpoint was operational from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. LBPD Explorers, LBPD Search and Rescue personnel, and LBPD Senior Police Partners assisted police officers at the checkpoint. In total, 1,041 vehicles passed through the checkpoint. Of that total, 447 vehicles were screened, resulting in the following outcomes:

  • Three (3) DUI arrests
  • Twelve (12) citations issued for unlicensed driving
  • Eight (8) citations issued for driving on a suspended driver’s license
  • Eight (8) vehicles impounded

DUI checkpoints are a vital component in the fight against both impaired and unlicensed driving. Nationally, impaired driving caused by alcohol and/or drugs causes one death every 33 minutes. The average American has a 30% chance of being injured or killed by a driver under the influence. Sobriety checkpoints have been proven to reduce these types of driving-related collisions by removing these drivers from our streets.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Safety Administration. For further information, contact Traffic Section Lieutenant Kris Klein at (562) 570-7292.

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