Eight-hour LBPD saturation patrol yields four DUI arrests, 78 other citations

On Friday, Nov. 19, the Long Beach Police Department’s traffic section conducted a “driving under the influence” saturation patrol throughout the city. The saturation patrol operated from 6pm Saturday night until 2am Sunday morning. During the eight-hour operation, seven additional police officers patrolled the city looking for impaired drivers, which helped produce the following statistics: four DUI arrests; one misdemeanor arrest; one citation for unlicensed driving; two citations for suspended license; four vehicles impounded; 47 traffic citations; and 23 parking citations.
DUI saturation patrols are a vital component in the fight against impaired drivers, as they have been proven to reduce impaired-driving-related collisions by removing these drivers from the streets. Nationally, impaired driving caused by alcohol or drugs causes one death every 30 minutes, and one injury every two minutes.
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway 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 work and live.”

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