LBPD Set to Conduct DUI Checkpoint Saturday

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The Long Beach Police Department will be conducting a checkpoint to screen for impaired and unlicensed drivers this Saturday, August 4, 2012, from 7:00 p.m. until 3:00 a.m. in the area of south Long Beach. Checkpoints have proven to be an effective enforcement tool in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol-involved crashes, and research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted regularly.

Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Officers will also check for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, driving under the influence (DUI) classes, and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

“Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 14 lives and resulted in 306 injury crashes harming 437 of our friends and neighbors,” said Sergeant Douglas Bender.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent.

“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 checkpoint 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.

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