The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) announced Thursday that it will deploy its DUI enforcement team to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers between 7:00PM and 3:00AM this Saturday evening.
The team will target areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests—where those locations are, exactly, is anyone’s guess. Their location will be revealed during the designated enforcement hours.
This weekend’s enforcement measure is part of the department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign. According to the LBPD, the department has investigated 1,032 DUI collisions over the past three years, which resulted in the loss of seven lives and over 370 injuries.
The checkpoint will operate by having officers look for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment while they also check for proper licensing, delaying motorists for a brief period of time. Officer with special training will also evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which accounts for a growing number of crashes, according to the LBPD.
According to the LBPD, recent statistics show that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their system, and a study of the drivers showed that more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) compared to alcohol. Marijuana was reportedly the most prevalent drug, with 7.4 percent under the influence of the drug.
In a release, the LBPD recommended people remember that drunk driving is preventable, with proper planning, and 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.
Funding for this DUI operation is provided to the Long Beach Police Department 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.’