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

The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) will conduct a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday, March 11, in the city’s West Division, authorities announced.

The operation will take place from 7:00PM to 3:00AM and is part of the department’s ongoing efforts to lower deaths and injuries on city streets and highways.

The LBPD has investigated 1,032 DUI collisions over the past three years, which resulted in the loss of seven lives and over 370 injuries.

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, police officials stated. Marijuana was reportedly the most prevalent drug, with 7.4 percent under the influence of the drug.

In a release, the LBPD recommended people recognize that drunk driving is preventable, with proper planning. They also 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.’

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