Long Beach Police Arrest 2, Cite Others During Weekend Saturation Patrol

A DUI saturation patrol conducted by Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) Traffic Section patrol officers Saturday night resulted in two DUI arrests, one misdemeanor arrest and more than a dozen traffic citations, officials announced Monday.

Between 7:00PM and 3:00AM, on Saturday, June 6, police conducted 47 enforcement stops, seven field sobriety tests, two DUI arrests, one misdemeanor warrant arrest, impounded two vehicles for suspended license driver and DUI, and issued 14 traffic citations for unsafe driving.

In a prior press release, the LBPD said DUI collisions have caused nine deaths and 315 injury crashes in the last three years in Long Beach. The release also stated that 2012 statewide figures showed an increase in DUI-related fatalities, to 802, after “falling dramatically” the previous five years.

A DUI-related fatality has a $1.4 million impact, while a DUI-related injury has a $70,000 impact, according to LBPD statistics. A crash that only damages property averages nearly $9,000, the release said.

This program is funded from a grant by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Stephanie Rivera is the immigration and diversity reporter for the Long Beach Post. After graduating from CSULB with a degree in journalism, Stephanie worked for Patch Latino and City News Service before coming to the Long Beach Post in 2015.