FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release #
L.B.P.D.'s DUI SATURATION PATROL PROVES EFFECTIVE
On Saturday August 22, 2015, the Long Beach Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted a Driving Under the Influence Saturation Patrol from 7:00 p.m. until 3:00 a.m. During the eight-hour operation, motor officers patrolled throughout the city looking for impaired drivers. During the operation, officers took the following enforcement actions:
• Conducted Eighty-two (82) enforcement stops
• Conducted Twenty (20) Standardized Field Sobriety Tests
• Made Three (3) DUI arrests
• Issued One (1) citation to an unlicensed driver
• Issued Six (6) traffic citations for unsafe driving
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, DUI collisions have claimed 9 lives and resulted in 315 injury crashes harming 420 of our friends and neighbors.
DUI 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 911!