The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) Traffic Section will conduct a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint on Saturday, Aug. 9 in east Long Beach, between the hours of 7pm and 3am.
“Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions in Long Beach have claimed nine lives and resulted in 315 injury crashes, harming 420 of our friends and neighbors,” said LBPD Sgt. Aaron Alu.
Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, checking drivers for proper licensing, delaying motorists only momentarily, according to the LBPD. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving.
DUI checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence, and locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public, according to police.
Funding for the checkpoint is provided to the LBPD by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.