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Long Beach police arrest 5 people during screening at DUI checkpoint

Published On: 08-23-2016 in Category: Drug trafficking


Screenings during a driving under the influence (DUI) checkpoint led to the arrest of five people by the Long Beach police recently. The arrests were the result of an operation held over the weekend in the city’s Eastside neighborhood in August 2016 to catch people driving under the influence of alcohol or any other substance. The police screened 221 vehicles during the weekend DUI checkpoint.

The operation was initiated by the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) at Anaheim Street and Freeman Avenue on August 13 from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Of all the vehicles screened during the drive, the police conducted five field sobriety tests, during which one person was arrested for driving a vehicle unlicensed or with a suspended license and four people were held for irresponsible driving. In addition, one citation was filed for misdemeanor.

In an effort to prevent drunk driving, the LBPD issued a statement, saying that drunk driving is preventable and also urged people to use the mobile app California Office of Traffic Safety Designated Driver VIP to get in touch with companies that encourage people to stand by their commitment toward a safer life.

Alcohol-impaired driving increases risk of death

Nearly 32 percent of life-threatening accidents are caused due to alcohol consumption, as per a report by the National Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Drinking and driving cannot go together as alcohol hampers a person’s ability to take quick decisions on the road and also makes it difficult to focus on sudden changes in environment while on the move.

Alcohol is a depressant that lowers the functioning of the central nervous system, thus making it difficult for a person to behave normally. Further, alcohol travels from the stomach to the brain within minutes of its consumption and produces drastic effects that can be fatal.

However, in spite of a significant rise in public awareness regarding pitfalls of driving under the influence, there is not much improvement in the general outlook toward drinking and driving. As per the drunk driving laws in California, it is unlawful for a person to drive a vehicle when his blood has a 0.08 percent or more of alcohol.

Leading an alcohol-free life

Safe driving is a proper coordination between hands, eyes, feet, as well as the brain. Any shortcoming in alertness can drive a person to make impaired judgments, which can lead to fatal accidents on road. It is important to spread the word about the harmful effects of alcohol and encourage communities, families and individuals to come forward and take appropriate action to deal with alcohol abuse. Setting drinking limits as well as keeping a track of drinking can go a long way in helping people fight the tough battle of alcohol addiction.

If you or your loved one is battling an addiction to alcohol or any other substance, contact the Long Beach Drug Treatment and Rehab Center for the best addiction treatment program to become sober. You may call at our 24/7 helpline number 562-846-1995 or chat online with our representatives for more information.

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