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Long Beach police enforced safe driving during holiday season

Published On: 01-18-2017 in Category: addiction, drugged driving, drunk driving, DUI, Substance Abuse


Every year, during the holiday season, a significantly higher number of people in America succumb to alcohol-related road accidents. Sadly, alcohol-related fatalities have become a kind of tradition during the holiday season. In order to put a check on the alarming increases in driving under the influence (DUI) offenses, the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) began the 17-day campaign, known as “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”, which started in Dec. 2016 and extended to the New Year.

As a part of the campaign, the police department, in collaboration with the sheriff’s department and California Highway Patrol (CHP) looked for drunk and drugged drivers on the road. “We want to keep our roads safe for holiday travelers and will have zero tolerance for drunk or drugged driving,” said Robert Luna, chief of police at LBPD, in a press release. Several DUI checkpoints and DUI saturation patrols were deployed across the region to catch revelers who jeopardize the lives of others by driving under the influence.

“Over the past three years, there have been 7,048 DUI-related traffic collisions in Los Angeles, which have resulted in 60 fatalities and 2,818 injuries,” said the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). Issuing a warning to holidaymakers last December, the law enforcement authorities suggested that those planning a gathering or celebration that includes alcohol, need to plan for a non-drinking sober driver beforehand. Moreover, any DUI or drug-impaired arrest also attracted a minimum penalty of $10,000, including jail time, the cancellation of driver’s license and high insurance rates.

Drug and alcohol menace in Southern California

Owing to its warm sun-kissed beaches, snow-capped peaks, and beautiful weather, the idyllic Southern California is a perfect melting point of different races, cultures and ethnicities. With a vast urban population comprising 10 million people, sharing the same border with Mexico, the region is a hub for both domestic and international narcotic trafficking activities.

Further, the excellent infrastructure and extensive transportation facilities make the region an ideal distribution point for drugs across the Midwest, and South and East Coast. Just as in any other part of the country, even alcohol is a major threat in the region. Drinking is woven intricately into the culture of Southern California and is the most important part of every social gathering. Although the law prohibits public drinking in beaches, there are still a handful of beaches in Southern California such as Doheny State Beach, Paradise Cove, and Carmel Beach, where alcohol is allowed along with sand and surf. Alarmingly, in 2013, 78 percent of drivers who died in car crashes had a blood alcohol content over the legal limit.

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