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Traditionally, during the holiday season, impaired driving collisions rise significantly. As people celebrate the holidays, more people will be drinking and many of these people will end up driving. The Long Beach Police Department, in an attempt to provide a safe holiday season will be conducting numerous operations to help educate and remove impaired drivers from the road.
According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2003, impaired drivers continue to kill someone every 30 minutes, nearly 50 people a day, and almost 18,000 citizens a year. During 2003 in the City of Long Beach, there were a total of 469 alcohol/drug related traffic collisions recorded. It would take over 116 fully loaded car haulers to remove all the cars damaged in these collisions. Almost half of the 2003 fatal traffic collisions were alcohol/drug related.
Residents are reminded to celebrate responsibly. There are a number of simple things one can do to help stop impaired driving. Here are three practical options available to everyone:
Through the end of the year, the Long Beach Police Department will be increasing DUI enforcement. In addition, all patrol officers will be asked to be more vigilant in their awareness of impaired drivers.
- Designate a sober driver before you go out
- Call a taxicab or safe ride program
- Arrange to spend the night where you are going to be drinking
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