Long Beach, California – In anticipation of Memorial Day weekend, the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) has announced its plan to conduct a DUI checkpoint.
This enforcement effort aims to dissuade individuals from operating vehicles while under the influence of alcohol or substances such as marijuana or prescription drugs, all of which can impair driving skills.
While the precise location of the checkpoint, set to be operational on Friday, May 26, from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., remains undisclosed, the LBPD has confirmed that it will be situated within the city’s West Division. This region includes areas west of the 710 Freeway and portions of Central Long Beach.
The LBPD selects checkpoint locations by examining local historical data on DUI-related crashes and arrests, intending to deter individuals from driving while intoxicated. “Impaired drivers put others on the road at significant risk,” noted LBPD Lt. Jose Flores. He added, “Any prevention measures that reduce the number of impaired drivers on our roads significantly improves traffic safety.”
The penalties for those charged with driving under the influence can be severe. On average, individuals convicted may face fines and penalties totaling $13,500 and have their license suspended.
The DUI checkpoint’s funding originates from a grant provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety and is made available through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.