Watch your driving and make sure that you have your license and registration on you: the Long Beach Police Department will be conducting a checkpoint to screen for impaired and unlicensed drivers from 7 p.m. Saturday until 3 a.m. Sunday somewhere on the west side of the city.
"Checkpoints have proven to be an effective enforcement tool in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol-involved crashes, and research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted regularly," a Long Beach Police Department press release announced. It continued:
"Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Officers will also check for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, driving under the influence (DUI) classes, and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.
“Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 14 lives and resulted in 306 injury crashes harming 437 of our friends and neighbors,” said Sergeant Aaron Alu.
Read the full press release here.