Long Beach police schedule DUI checkpoint for Friday
The Long Beach Police Department will conduct a DUI checkpoint on Friday, Nov. 18, in an effort to “promote public safety by taking suspected impaired drivers off the road,” police announced Wednesday afternoon .
The checkpoint will take place from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. somewhere in the city’s East Patrol Division, which covers most of the city east of Cherry Avenue. According to the LBPD, checkpoint locations are chosen based on data showing incidents of impaired driving-related crashes.
Officers will look for signs that drivers are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, including prescription medication and marijuana, police said.
“Impaired drivers put others on the road at significant risk,” Sgt. Gerrit DeJongh said in a statement Wednesday. “Any prevention measures that reduce the number of impaired drivers on our roads significantly improves traffic safety.”
Drivers charged with operating a vehicle while impaired face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license.
Funding for the checkpoint was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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