A weekend saturation patrol conducted by the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) resulted in three DUI-alcohol arrests, the LBPD reported Tuesday.
The patrol, conducted between 6:00PM and 2:00AM Saturday, June 4, was conducted as part of greater DUI enforcement efforts aimed at lowering the incidents of impaired driving. The next driver’s license/DUI enforcement checkpoint is slated to occur Saturday, June 18.
According to a release issued by the LBPD, officers made 53 vehicle enforcement stops, which led to the arrests.
The state saw 867 DUI-related deaths and more than 23,000 DUI-related serious injuries in 2013, the release stated. The LBPD has investigated 1,032 DUI collisions, which have claimed seven lives and resulted in 370 injuries, over the last three years.
Authorities urged residents to call a cab or designate a sober driver in lieu of driving drunk, noting the $10,000 in expenses often required of those arrested with a DUI, in addition to embarrassment from family and friends.
The DUI Saturation Patrol was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1’.