A DUI checkpoint is scheduled this weekend in North Long Beach, according to the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD).
The DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint will be held on Saturday, December 19, between 7:00PM and 3:00AM in the North Patrol Division, the LBPD stated.
“The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug-involved crashes,” officials stated. “Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely.”
In the past three years, officers with the LBPD have investigated 1,032 DUI collisions, which have resulted in seven deaths and 370 injuries, according to LBPD officials.
In the state, impaired driving has led to 867 deaths and more than 23,000 serious injuries in 2013. Nationally, the most recent data shows over 10,000 people were killed by an impaired driver.
In a release, the LBPD encouraged the use the California Office of Traffic Safety Designated Driver VIP (DDVIP) mobile app, which is now available for mobile download. Through the app, which launched last year, users will be able to locate establishments that offer incentives for participating in the app, which helps users order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb, all on one screen.