LBPD Reports Weekend DUI Saturation Patrol a Success
2011-02-15 · By Editor
On Saturday, February 12, 2011, the Long Beach Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Division conducted a DUI Saturation Patrol throughout Long Beach. This saturation patrol operated from 6:00 p.m. Saturday night until 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning. During the eight-hour operation, seven (7) additional police officers patrolled the City looking for impaired drivers. During the operation, the following enforcement action was taken:
- 5 – DUI arrests
- 3 – unlicensed driver citations were issued
- 6 – vehicles impounded
- 31 – miscellaneous traffic citations issued
- 15 – parking citations issued
DUI Saturation Patrols are a vital component in the fight against impaired drivers. Nationally, impaired driving caused by alcohol or drugs causes one death every 30 minutes, and one injury every two minutes. The average American has a 30 percent chance of being injured or killed by an impaired driver. 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.