PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

1/28/2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 012820
Subject:
Long Beach Awarded Drug-Impaired Driving Prevention Grant for 2020
Contact:
Lara Turnbull
Manager, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Division
Department of Health and Human Services
562.570.4294
Lara.turnbull@longbeach.gov




For the third year, the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services’ drug-impaired driving prevention and cannabis education program, GreenlightLB, was awarded a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). The $205,300 grant will fund activities designed to reduce drug-impaired driving and traffic-related injuries and deaths.

“This grant will enable us to further expand efforts to improve traffic safety in Long Beach,” said Mayor Robert Garcia.

Grant-funded activities will include: ongoing awareness promotion, education and intervention around bars, clubs and dispensaries; working with schools to educate high-school-age students on the consequences of driving while impaired; further promoting substance-impaired driving information and awareness through print and digital media; and coordination of a Long Beach Safe Driver Awareness Week.

“In addition to alcohol, there are a number of prescription, over-the-counter and recreational substances that have a negative impact on a person’s ability to drive,” said Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services Director Kelly Colopy. “The efforts funded by this grant are critical to educating the public on the consequences of driving while impaired and helping everyone make informed decisions that make roadways safer.”

According to the most recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drug Use, the number of drivers testing positive for cannabis and/or other drugs increased compared to survey data from 2007. The survey concluded that “one in four drivers tested positive for at least one drug that could potentially affect safe driving skills.” Studies of California drivers have shown that, of the 30% of people involved in fatal crashes, 14% tested positive for drugs that may impair driving. The most prevalent drug was cannabis, at 7.4%, which was slightly more prevalent than alcohol (7.3%).

“Getting in a vehicle remains one of the most dangerous things we do,” said OTS director Barbara Rooney. “We must continue to work with our partners to shift that realization and make traveling on our roads safer.”

GreenlightLB serves those who live, work and play in Long Beach as an unbiased and trusted resource for health and safety information related to cannabis, and by ensuring that everyone can make informed decisions about cannabis use.

About the City of Long Beach

Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths and a Bike Share program.

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About Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services

The mission of the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services is to improve quality of life by promoting a safe and healthy community in which to live, work and play. Long Beach Health is one of only three city-run health departments in California, which allows for better engagement with residents, neighborhoods, businesses and community partners, and fosters a greater understanding of the City's strengths. For more information, visit us at www.longbeach.gov/health, "Like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

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