The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) Traffic Section will conduct a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint Saturday night in East Long Beach, authorities announced.
The checkpoint will take place on Saturday, August 29, from 7:00PM to 3:00AM.
Officers will look for signs of alcohol and drug impairment and check for proper licensing. Those caught driving under the influence can expect jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can add up to fines and fees of $10,000 or more.
“Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions in Long Beach have claimed nine lives and resulted in 315 injury crashes, harming 420 of our friends and neighbors,” LBPD Sgt. Aaron Alu said.
According to the LBPD, DUI checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and the frequency of DUI arrests and are chosen with safety considerations for both the officers and the public.
Recent LBPD statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol.
Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the LBPD by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1.'