The Long Beach Police department issued a statement over the weekend indicating that officers at a DUI / Driver’s License checkpoint had yielded seven DUI arrests and 19 other traffic citations.
The DUI / Driver’s License Checkpoint was held at Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) and Daisy Avenue on Friday, August 13, 2021, between 6:00 pm. and 2:00 am. Saturday morning.
Authorities say that the checkpoint was selected based on the greatest likelihood of catching and deterring DUI drivers and previous accident data collected over the past year.
Recent studies indicate that over the past few years, there has been a sharp increase in the number of motorists driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs in the state of California. Approximately 30 percent of all fatal collisions involve drivers who have alcohol, drugs, or both in their system.
Of the 824 vehicles passing through the checkpoint on Friday night, Long Beach Police officers screened 243 drivers. Of these, 17 drivers were cited for being unlicensed, one driver was cited for driving on a suspended or revoked license, one driver was issued a citation for unsafe driving, and 17 drivers were cited for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint was funded through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. (NHTSA).
The Long Beach Police Department wishes to remind motorists that drivers cited for DUI face jail time, fines and fees, suspension of their driver’s license, having to take DUI class, and a host of other expenses in connection to their arrest. On average, a DUI conviction can cost a driver $10,000 or more.