LBPD reports DUI saturation patrol results

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On Friday July 2, 2010, the Long Beach Police Department’s Traffic Division conducted a DUI Saturation Patrol throughout the City of Long Beach. This saturation patrol operated from 6 p.m. Friday night until 2 a.m. Saturday morning. During the eight-hour operation, 9 additional police officers patrolled the City looking for impaired drivers. During the operation, the following arrest and citations were issued.

(6) – DUI arrests
(2) – misdemeanor arrests
(2) – misdemeanor citations
(3) – unlicensed driver traffic citations issued
(3) – suspended license traffic citations issued
(5) – vehicles impounded
(101) – miscellaneous traffic citations issued

DUI Saturation Patrols are a vital component in the fight against impaired drivers. Nationally, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs causes one death every 30 minutes, and one injury every two minutes. The average American has a 30% chance of being injured or killed by an impaired driver. DUI Saturation patrols have been proven to reduce impaired 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. “When more people drive sober and safely, lives are saved. It’s just that simple,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the Office of Traffic safety. “This grant will help make Long Beach just that much safer of a place to work and live.”

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