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Police Will Try to Arrest Some of You This Weekend

Officers will be contacting drivers, looking for signs of alcohol or drug impairment

The Long Beach Police Department will be looking for drunk or drugged drivers in the south and east areas of Long Beach from 8 p.m. Saturday, July 7, to 4 a.m. Sunday, July 8.

Police say that impaired drivers can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

It's called a DUI Saturation Patrol. According to a Police Department statement, DUI saturation patrols are a proven enforcement tool effective in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol-involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized saturation patrols are conducted often enough.

Here are some local sobering statistics from Sgt. Ernie Kohagura: "Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 13 lives and resulted in 274 injury crashes harming 388 of our friends and neighbors."

Police say that the California Office of Traffic Safety has marked a decline in deaths from drunk and drug-impaired driving. However, hundreds of our friends, family and co-workers are killed each year, along with tens of thousands who are seriously injured, they say.

They urge anyone who sees an impaired driver to call 9-1-1.

Funding for the saturation patrol is provided to the Long Beach Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, targeting those who still don’t heed the message to designate a sober driver, according to police.

John B. Greet July 07, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Thanks, LBPD, for doing what you can to enforce our State's DUI laws. According to MADD.org, in the U.S. "Every 52 minutes on average, someone is killed in a drunk driving crash (10,228 people in total in 2010). Every 90 seconds, someone is injured because of this entirely preventable crime." California ranks 21st in DUI-related traffic deaths in the U.S. (the lower the ranking number the better): 3 time offenders: 310,971 5 time offenders: 44,210 DUI Fatalities: 791 % of total traffic deaths that are DUI related: 29% % of change in DUI fatalities from previous to current year: -14% State subsidy of drunk driving fatalities: $4.98 Billion

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