DUI checkpoint. File photo.
DUI checkpoint. File photo.

A DUI checkpoint is scheduled in Long Beach’s East Division Saturday night, according to the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD).

The department’s Traffic Section will conduct the DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Saturday, February 20 from 7:00PM to 3:00AM, officials 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,” a release 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.

Stephanie Rivera is the community engagement editor. Reach her at [email protected] or on Twitter at @StephRivera88.