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Long Beach DUI Checkpoint Scheduled Saturday

The checkpoint will be set up somewhere in the East Patrol Division starting at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The Long Beach Police Department will conduct a drivers license and DUI checkpoint in Long Beach on Saturday, the department announced yesterday.

Police said the checkpoint will be set up somewhere in the department's East Patrol Division starting at 7 p.m. and running until 3 a.m.

During that time, officers will be on the lookout for impaired drivers and will also check to ensure drivers are carrying a valid drivers license.

Drivers caught driving under the influence could face jail time, loss of their drivers license and higher insurance rates. Police said a DUI arrest could cost a driver $10,000 or more.

In Long Beach, DUI related collisions have claimed 14 victims and injured 305 in the past three years alone, police said.

Police encouraged all drivers who plan on drinking to plan ahead and designate a sober driver.

Long Beach's East Patrol division, where the checkpoint will take place is bounded by Del Amo Boulevard to the north, the coastline to the south, Orange County to the east and Cherry Avenue and Signal Hill to the west.

Watts December 29, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Somebody just turned me onto a great app called WAZE. It is a GPS app with live peer contributions. So you can see where every cop is hiding, checkpoints, etc. on your route. I tried it last night and purposefully drove the route where it showed the check point to see how accurate it was and sure enough, it not only had the check point, but other contributors had also pointed out where the extra cops were hiding for people trying to avoid the check point and had those absolutely correct, as well. Finally, it showed a cop hiding at the corner of Corona and 2nd (the Chase bank lot) and sure enough, there was the cop sitting and watching from the employee parking side. And I have no connection to this app to be on here pimping it, but I recognize that the more users of this app, the more contributors to be able to lay out every cop stop, hidden cop, etc. There already seems to be a good local user base, because a friend called me to mention that they were watching the DUI check point being set up and I launched the app and somebody had already added it there before the police even had a chance to finish setting up the check point. Also, this isn't a hokey app at all. I noticed on the Android App store, that it is flagged as a "top developer" app, has a great user interface and would be a great GPS even without all the extras.
S.A.P. December 29, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Why not use one of these instead? https://www.uber.com/ https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/taxi-magic/id299226386?mt=8 I don't feel the need to worry about where cops are "hiding", since I don't drink & drive.
Watts December 29, 2012 at 09:05 PM
DUI isn't all that cops pull people over for. Do you recall when the cops killed the guy with the water hose in his hand, down around Ocean and I forget the cross street? I happened to be driving along Ocean right by there and there was a rally scheduled that I hadn't realized at the time and I stopped at a stop sign for a moment and saw a cop parked in the dark in one of the pull offs to the beach parking. I looked right at him and then went. I had to have been sitting at the stop sign for about 20 seconds before I went, because I had been looking at all that was going on, including the cop pulled off in the dark. Immediately, he pulled out and pulled me over and claimed that I ran the stop sign. I even pointed out to him how long I had been sitting there and that we even made eye contact. It was total BS, because the cops were under scrutiny and the rally happening because of the shooting and they were just there to harass people to disuade people from coming to the area (again, I wasn't even aware of the rally at the time, just driving through). So if this is how they want to operate, then I have absolutely no problem promoting an app that undermines these efforts. Check points are the rarest example of what this app does, it just happened to be relative right now. The app really is just a way for people to report where the police are lurking, to avoid those routes. If I had it at that time, I may not have been pulled over for a false ticket.

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