FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 2017
DUI CHECKPOINT NETS ONE ARREST & NUMEROUS CITATIONS
The Long Beach Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint on Saturday, June 17th. The checkpoint was located at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Daisy Avenue, between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.
High Visibility Enforcements, which include DUI/Driver’s License checkpoints, have been shown to lower DUI deaths and injuries. A major component of these checkpoints are the deterrent effects it has on those who might drive while alcohol or drug impaired, bringing about more awareness and encouraging everyone to use sober designated drivers. Listed below are the statistics related to Saturday’s checkpoint:
1,225 vehicles through checkpoint
461 vehicles screened
1 DUI-alcohol suspect arrested
3 drivers cited for operating a vehicle while license suspended/revoked
22 drivers cited for operating a vehicle while unlicensed
9 citations issued for unsafe driving
Drivers are encouraged to download the Designated Driver VIP, or “DDVIP,” free mobile app for Android or iPhone. The DDVIP app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more. The feature-packed app even has social media tie-ins and a tab for the non-DD to call Uber, Lyft, or Curb.
Studies of California drivers have shown that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent), than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol.
Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses that can exceed $10,000, not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.
The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1’.