LBPD Releases Results of Driving Under the Influence / Drivers License Checkpoint

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DUI CheckpointsOn Saturday, December 29, 2012, the Long Beach Police Department conducted a Driving Under the Influence / Drivers License checkpoint on Pacific Coast Highway, south of 2nd Street. Long Beach Police Explorers, Senior Police Partners, Public Works, and Long Beach Search and Rescue aided the police officers at the checkpoint.

The checkpoint operated from 7:00 p.m. until 3:00 a.m. with the following results:

  • 1096 vehicles passed through the checkpoint
  • 542 vehicles were screened for impairment
  • One person was arrested for driving under the influence
  • Three people were cited for driving with suspended licenses
  • Three vehicles were impounded because the drivers had suspended licenses
  • One vehicle was towed
  • Seven drivers were issued traffic citations

Checkpoints are a vital component in the fight against both impaired and unlicensed drivers. Nationally, impaired driving caused by drugs and/or alcohol causes one death every 33 minutes. Sobriety checkpoints have been proven to reduce impaired driving related collisions by removing these drivers from our streets. The average American has a 30% chance of being killed or injured by an impaired driver.

This operation was funded through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

For further information, please contact Sergeant Douglas Bender of the Traffic Section at (562) 570-7484.

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