On Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, the Long Beach Police Department’s (LBPD) Traffic Section conducted a driving under the influence (DUI) driver license checkpoint on Livingston Drive and Prospect Avenue, from 7pm until 3am.
During the eight-hour operation, which was aided by Long Beach Police Explorers and Long Beach Search and Rescue, 1,661 vehicles passed through the checkpoint with 802 being screened, resulting in two DUI arrests, one citation for unlicensed driving and two citations for suspended licenses.
According to the LBPD, DUI checkpoints are a “vital component in the fight against both impaired and unlicensed driving. Nationally, impaired driving caused by alcohol and/or drugs causes one death every 33 minutes. The average American has a 30 percent chance of being killed or injured by a driver under the influence. 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.