Long Beach police to hold DUI checkpoint Friday

The Long Beach Police Department announced that they will hold a DUI checkpoint from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 3.

The location wasn’t disclosed, but the checkpoint is being held in the East Patrol Division, which covers most of the city east of Cherry Avenue.

Checkpoint locations are chosen based on a history of DUI crashes and arrests, police said in a news release.

Impaired driving can be caused not only from alcohol, but also from prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs and marijuana, police said.

Drivers charged with DUI face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license, according to the LBPD.

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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