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The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) is committed to reducing the number of traffic fatalities, injuries, and collisions occurring on our roadways. We have observed a recent series of traffic fatalities in the past few days and have identified the collision factors as impaired driving, and both driver and pedestrian distraction. Though it is not an increase when compared to 2019 year-to-date fatalities, we are working to address these incidents.
We will continue to increase enforcement in areas where these fatalities have been observed and continue to work with traffic engineering to review the roadway environment and assess safety conditions. We will also continue to focus on traffic stops and pedestrian citations in an effort to proactively address these incidents in the following weeks.
These fatalities include two DUI single-vehicle fatalities and four pedestrians against a vehicle. These collisions have occurred between the hours of 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. Expect an increase in patrols during these times, throughout this weekend, and the coming weeks.
The LBPD has conducted 7 traffic enforcement operations, 4 DUI saturation patrols, 4 bicycle/pedestrian operations, 1 distracted driving operation, motorcycle enforcement operation, and DUI checkpoint this year alone. However, keeping our roadways safe is a shared responsibility. Drivers and pedestrians must work together to demonstrate safe behaviors on the road, helping to protect themselves and those around them.
Our Traffic Section conducted a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on Saturday, February 1, 2020, at Pacific Coast Highway and Loynes Drive, between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. Below are the results of our effective efforts:
1090 Vehicles through the checkpoint
464 Drivers screened
1 Driver arrested for DUI
2 Drivers cited for operating a vehicle with a suspended/revoked license
7 Drivers cited for being unlicensed
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’.