Long Beach police schedule St. Patrick’s Day DUI checkpoint

Long Beach police will conduct a DUI checkpoint Friday, March 17—also known as St. Patrick’s Day—in an effort to “promote public safety” and deter people from driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The exact location for the checkpoint was not released, but the Long Beach Police Department said it would set up from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. in the city’s South Division, which includes West and Downtown Long Beach.

Police say the checkpoint locations are chosen based on a history of DUI crashes and arrests, with the main purpose being to deter people from driving while impaired.

“Impaired drivers put others on the road at significant risk,” said LBPD Lt. Jose Flores. “Any prevention measures that reduce the number of impaired drivers on our roads significantly improves traffic safety.”

Earlier this month, police arrested one person and cited 11 others at a DUI checkpoint on Artesia Boulevard, east of Cherry Avenue.

Drivers charged with operating a vehicle while impaired face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license.

Funding for the checkpoint was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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