On Friday, April 9, the Long Beach Police Department’s traffic section conducted a DUI saturation patrol throughout the city from 6pm to 2am. During the operation, eight additional police officers patrolled the city, looking for impaired drivers. The operation resulted in the arrest of five persons for DUI, one misdemeanor arrest, four citations issued to drivers for being unlicensed, two citations issued for driving with a suspended license, and 62 citations issued for miscellaneous traffic violations. In addition, 36 parking citations were issued, four vehicles were impounded, and three vehicles were stored.
DUI saturation patrols are a vital component in the fight against impaired drivers. Nationally, impaired driving caused by alcohol or drugs causes one death every 30 minutes, and one injury every two minutes. Saturation patrols have been proven to reduce impaired-driving-related collisions by removing these drivers from streets.
Funding for the program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“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.”