Police arrest 7, issue 19 citations in DUI checkpoint

Long Beach police arrested seven people Friday night on suspicion of driving under the influence during a DUI and driver’s license checkpoint in the Washington neighborhood.

At the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Daisy Avenue between 6 p.m. Friday and 2 a.m. Saturday, more than 824 vehicles drove through the checkpoint, and 243 drivers were screened, police said. Police ticketed 18 people for driving without a license or with a suspended or revoked license, police said. One person was cited for unsafe driving.

Drivers charged with a DUI face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license, according to police.

In recent years, police said in a statement that California has seen a “disturbing increase in drug-impaired driving crashes.” Earlier this month, a suspected DUI crash resulting in the death of a pregnant woman in Long Beach made national headlines.

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Crystal Niebla is the West Long Beach reporter through the Report for America program. Philanthropic organizations pledged to cover the local donor portion of her grant-funded position with the Post. If you want to support Crystal's work, you can donate to her Report For America position at lbpost.com/support.