FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 2015
DUI ENFORCEMENT OPERATION PLANNED THIS WEEKEND
The Long Beach Police Department’s DUI Enforcement Team will deploy this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign. Saturation Patrols will deploy on Saturday, September 5, 2015, between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m., in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests.
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. 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.
Driving under the influence can impact the economy, in addition to the pain and suffering of those immediately affected. Conservatively, a fatality has a $1.4 million impact, an injury $70,000, and a crash that only damages property averages nearly $9000.
Funding for this program is from a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Report drunk drivers, call 9-1-1!