LBPD targets impaired drivers this weekend

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dui and driver's license checkpoint long beachThe Long Beach Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on Saturday, June 26, 2010, from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. in the area of the North Division, in an effort to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes. DUI checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the street, as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving.

All too often, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers. This DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint is an effort to reduce these tragedies, as well as insuring drivers have a valid driver’s license. A major component of these checkpoints is to increase awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to encourage sober designated drivers. This is especially important during the upcoming July 4th weekend when many citizens will be celebrating with family and friends.

A DUI Checkpoint is a proven effective method for achieving this goal. By publicizing these enforcement and education efforts, the Long Beach Police Department believes motorists can be deterred from drinking and driving.

Traffic volume and weather permitting, all vehicles may be checked and drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will be arrested. 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 911 if they see a suspected impaired driver.

Funding for the DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For further information contact Long Beach Police Department Sergeant Tom Marcoux in the Traffic Section at (562) 570-7295.

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