Weekend DUI Checkpoint Results in Nine Arrests

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Long Beach Police Department. Photo by Barbara Holbrook, Everything Long Beach

The Long Beach Police Department Traffic Section conducted a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint on March 21, 2015, on westbound Ocean Boulevard west of Pacific Avenue between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.

DUI/Drivers License checkpoints have been shown to lower DUI deaths and injuries. Major components of these checkpoints are the deterrent effect on those who might drive drunk or drugged impaired, bringing about more awareness, and encouraging everyone to use sober designated drivers.

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. Ninety Percent of California drivers approve of checkpoints.

During the eight-hour operation, which was aided by Long Beach Police Explorers and Long Beach Search and Rescue, 2,099 vehicles passed through the checkpoint with 417 drivers being screened for driving under the influence and the following results:

  • Twelve (12) Standardized Field Sobriety Tests conducted
  • Five (5) drivers arrested for DUI (Alcohol)
  • Four (4) drivers arrested for DUI (Drug)
  • Five (5) drivers cited for unlicensed driving
  • One (1) driver cited for suspended license
  • One (1) vehicle impounded

The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1!

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