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Long Beach Police DUI checkpoint nets 19 citations and one DUI arrest

The Long Beach Police Department’s (LBPD) Traffic Section conducted a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on Friday May 21, 2021 at Atlantic Avenue and South Street, between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity to deter driving under the influence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.

In recent years, California has seen a disturbing increase in drug-impaired driving crashes. The LBPD supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety that aims to educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI.

Studies of California drivers have shown that 30% of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14%) than did for alcohol (7.3%). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4%, slightly more than alcohol.

  • 1151 Vehicles through checkpoint
  • 299 Drivers screened
  • 1 Driver arrested for DUI
  • 1 Driver cited for operating a vehicle with a suspended/revoked license
  • 17 Drivers cited for being unlicensed
  • 1 Citation issued for unsafe driving

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.

The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Drivers – call 9-1-1’.

This article was released by the Long Beach Police Department.

2 Comments

  1. These DUI checkpoints seem more about generating revenue under the ruse of safety, since they catch very few if any intoxicated drivers most of the time.

    Putting more effort into roving patrols would catch more drunk drivers, if that really was the focus. At least they got 1 DUI driver off the road who now has to fightDUIcharges in court.

    1. Taryn,

      Thank you for reading Orange County Breeze, and for taking the time to comment on this article.

      It is highly unlikely that the Long Beach Police Department — or any other police department — nets a profit from DUI checkpoints. They’re expensive and labor-intensive. The expense is why many departments only stage checkpoints when they receive a grant to defray at least part of the cost.

      The checkpoints are not just about drivers under the influence. They are also used to snag unlicensed or uninsured drivers, for example, as well as unregistered vehicles.

      Most police departments are happy with a side benefit of ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft. Officers are all smiles when ride-share drivers come through with fares who would not be able to legally drive themselves. Meantime, the Air Resources Board is dinging on the ride-share drivers to switch to all-electric vehicles! That is likely to discourage many potential ride-share drivers.

      As for more “roving patrols” that would describe regular patrol officers in their patrol vehicles. These officers are not merely driving in circles singing Country/Western songs. They are keeping an eye out for anything out-of-the-ordinary, or suspicious. That includes drunk drivers.

      If your own city’s police department allows civilian ride-alongs, you might request to go on patrol. It’s eye-opening.

      Again, thank you for reading Orange County Breeze.

      Shelley Henderson
      editor, Orange County Breeze

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