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LBPD stepping up DUI enforcement

December 1st, 2008 · 1 Comment · News

More D.U.I. enforcement and safer streets are coming to Long Beach. Increased special impaired driving enforcement measures are on tap this holiday season, and throughout the next year, as a result of a recent $309,000 grant awarded to the Long Beach Police Department by the Office of Traffic Safety. The Long Beach Police Department is dedicated to keeping our roadways safe through both enforcement and education.
“This new grant will give the Long Beach Police Department additional resources to hold those accountable that are choosing to drive while impaired, and make the streets of Long Beach much safer,” said Traffic Enforcement Lieutenant William Arthur.

The special grant will assist in efforts to deal with increased impaired driving problems and reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol and drug related traffic collisions. The grant activities will specifically target D.U.I. offenders and drivers with suspended or revoked licenses. This will be done through the use of checkpoints, saturation patrols and specialized operations, which target impaired drivers and drivers operating on suspended or revoked licenses as a result of DUI convictions. Checkpoints have been shown to significantly reduce D.U.I. fatalities when utilized aggressively and consistently. The most positive aspects of D.U.I. checkpoints are their ability to increase public awareness, preventing impaired driving in the first place, and to encourage designating a sober driver.
“When more people drive sober and safely, lives are saved. It’s just that simple,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the Office of Traffic Safety. “This grant will help make Long Beach just that much safer of a place to live and work.” Funding for the grant comes from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Questions regarding these enforcement efforts can be directed to Long Beach Police’s Traffic Enforcement Section Sergeant Tom Marcoux at (562) 570-7209.

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