Multiple Law Enforcement Agencies to Target Impaired Drivers Saturday

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Long Beach Police Department’s DUI (Driving Under the Influence) Enforcement Team, along with police officers from surrounding local law enforcement agencies, will be deploying to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the Department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign. DUI Saturation Patrols will deploy on Saturday, April 20th, between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m., in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests. This will be a zero tolerance operation. “If you are caught driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, your ability to operate a motor vehicle will be assessed,” said Sergeant Doug Bender.

In California, drunk or drugged driving is a deadly crime and led to 774 deaths in 2010. After falling dramatically for five straight years, figures for 2011 indicated that DUI deaths remained equal to the number in 2010. Over the course of the past three years in Long Beach, DUI collisions have claimed 14 lives and resulted in 305 injury crashes harming 417 of our family, friends and neighbors.

Driving under the influence can impact the economy in addition to the pain and suffering of those immediately affected. Conservatively, a fatality collision has a $1.4 million impact, an injury collision has a $70,000 impact, and a collision that only damages property averages nearly $9000.

“California’s roadways are very much safer than they were before 2006,” said OTS Director Christopher J. Murphy. “The Long Beach Police Department will be keeping the pressure on drunk and drugged drivers through enforcement and public awareness so that we can continue to save lives and reach the vision we all share of having zero deaths related to DUI collisions.”

Funding for this program is from a grant provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Report Drunk Drivers, Call 9-1-1!

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