On Saturday, June 4, the Long Beach Police Department’s (LBPD) Traffic Division conducted a checkpoint to screen for impaired and unlicensed drivers at 7th Street and Locust Avenue from 6pm to 2am. During the eight-hour operation, which was aided by Long Beach Police Explorers and the Long Beach Search and Rescue, 1,314 vehicles passed through the checkpoint with 348 being screened, resulting in the following statistics:
• five arrests for driving under the influence (DUI)
• three misdemeanor arrests
• 12 citations for unlicensed driving
• 8 citations for suspended license
• 15 vehicles impounded
• five vehicles stored
• 23 other citations issued
According to the LBPD, DUI checkpoints are a vital component in the fight against both impaired and unlicensed driving. “Drunk Driving — Over the Limit, Under Arrest” is the name of the 2011 campaign to bring awareness to this issue. Nationally, impaired driving caused by alcohol and/or drugs causes one death every 33 minutes. Sobriety checkpoints have been proven to reduce these types of driving-related collisions by removing such drivers from our streets.
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Safety Administration.
For further information, contact Traffic Section Sergeant Ernie Kohagura at (562) 570-5737.