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DUI checkpoints lower casualties; Long Beach police arrest 4 within a month
Two people were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol at a checkpoint in Long Beach, California over the last weekend, the police said in a press statement on February 22, 2016.
“The Long Beach Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint on Saturday, February 20, at Pacific Coast Highway and Santiago Avenue, between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public,” the LBPD statement said.
Earlier, on January 23, 2016 also the LBPD had made two arrests in connection with the suspected DUI-alcohol violation during a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint at Atlantic Avenue and South Street.
The LBPD will be conducting another DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on March 5, 2016, in its “commitment to lowering deaths and injuries upon our streets and highways.”
Number of accidents down due to DUI checkpoints
According to the cops, “DUI/Driver’s License checkpoints have been shown to lower DUI deaths and injuries. A major component of these checkpoints are the deterrent effects it has on those who might drive drunk or drugged impaired, bringing about more awareness and encouraging everyone to use sober designated drivers.”
“Checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent. Ninety Percent of California drivers approve of checkpoints,” the LBPD said citing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
According to the LBPD, law enforcement emphasizes the preventable nature of drunk driving reminding everyone that all it takes is a little planning ahead. “Designate a sober driver or call for a ride, but whatever you do, don’t drink and drive,” it cautioned.
The checkpoints are planned and placed according to the previous accident records and frequency of arrests. Controlling the city’s traffic with stringent laws and regulations helps deterring drunk and drugged driving cases.
In 2013, 867 deaths and over 23,000 serious injuries were reported in California because of non-sober driving. The national data is much bigger, making it a national emergency.
The DUI checkpoints examine people who show signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, check licenses and give warning signs to rash drivers. Specially trained officers are put on duty to evaluate drug-impaired driving. The impacts of a DUI checkpoint on the accused include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, and other expenses that can exceed $10,000. Furthermore, the legal action can result in embarrassment among friends and family and thus help the violators be sober behind the wheel.
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Consuming drug or alcohol even in small quantities can impair the driving abilities. If you or a loved one is struggling with alcohol or drug addiction, you must seek professional advice to get rid of it. The Long Beach Drug Treatment & Rehab Center can help in the search for good treatment options for addictions. Chat online with one of our representatives today or call at our 24/7 helpline number 562-846-1995.