LBPD Patrols to Target DUI Drivers Saturday

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DUI CheckpointsThe Long Beach Police Department will be conducting a citywide DUI Saturation Patrol on Saturday, September 1, 2012, from 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. In an effort to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes, DUI Saturation Patrols are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the street, as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving.

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% chance of being killed or injured by an impaired driver. Saturation patrols have been proven to reduce impaired driving-related collisions by removing these drivers from our streets.

By publicizing these enforcement and educational efforts, the L.B.P.D. believes motorists can be deterred from drinking and driving. Our objective is to send a clear message to those who are considering driving a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol and/or drugs – Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest. The public is encouraged to help keep roadways safe by calling 9-1-1 if they see a suspected impaired driver.

Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For further information please contact Sergeant Aaron Alu at (562) 570-7338.

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