Police Department Awarded DUI Checkpoint Grant

DUI checkpoints aim to help the Long Beach Police Department reduce drunk driving deaths and injuries.

To help prevent deaths and injudies caused by drunk driving, the Long Beach Police Department was awarded a $112,800 DUI Checkpoint grant.

"DUI checkpoints are effective because they specifically target impaired driving offenders, and they also educate the public of the dangers of driving under the influence," said Mayor Bob Foster in a prepared statement.

The grant was awarded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The checkpoints are meant to help aid the police department in reducing deaths and injuries due to drunk driving.

"The partnership that we have with [the Office of Traffic Safety] enables us to maximize the level of enforcement we proide whlie raising the awareness of a serious issue that directly involves the safety of our residents," said Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell in a prepared statement.

Merle Asper December 27, 2012 at 04:01 PM
I am glad they got the money, but you would think giving out DUI's is a big money maker!
Linda Merrill December 27, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Marla it is not a money maker when you think of lives it will save!
Linda Merrill December 27, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Oops Merle
Merle Asper December 27, 2012 at 05:33 PM
I am glad it saves lives! The point I am trying to make is that I believe those sobriety check points make a lot of revenue for the city, That is a good thing, also. Especially in these hard times.
Timber December 27, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Remember, checkpoints are strictly voluntary in nature. They always require your consent when answering any investigatory questioning by law enforcement. In this country you are free to give consent as you are free to withhold consent and inquire when you are free to go on your way.
Watts December 29, 2012 at 06:05 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 06:20 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.
John B. Greet December 30, 2012 at 04:29 AM
Great news, LBPD! When operated according to current case law, DUI/Traffic Safety Checkpoints are an excellent means of identifying people who are driving under the influence or who are driving with either no license or a suspended license. The majority of moter vehicle collisions involve one or more of those three factors so the best way to help keep our public roadways safer for all is to target those three specific major causes of collisions.


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