Officers from the Long Beach Police Department’s (LBPD) DUI Enforcement Team will be on the lookout for impaired drivers this weekend as part of its ongoing traffic safety campaign.
DUI Saturation Patrols will deploy throughout Long Beach to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers on Saturday, August 22 between 7:00PM and 3:00AM in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests, police said.
“After falling dramatically for five straight years, figures for 2012 show an increase to 802 deaths in California because someone failed to designate a sober driver,” an LBPD release states. “Over the course of the past three years in Long Beach, DUI collisions have claimed nine lives and resulted in 315 injury crashes, harming 420 of our friends and neighbors.”
Funding for the program is provided by a California Office of Traffic Safety grant, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Residents can report drunk drivers by calling 911.
Stephanie Rivera covers immigration and the north, west and central parts of Long Beach. Reach her at [email protected] or on Twitter at @StephRivera88.
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