Saturday DUI Checkpoint Nets One Arrest

More than 1,000 cars passed through the checkpoint last Saturday night.

A DUI and driver's license checkpoint set up in Long Beach Saturday night netted one arrest and 10 citations, the Long Beach Police Department announced Monday.

The checkpoint, which was stationed along Pacific Coast Highway south of Second Street, operated from 7 p.m. until 3 a.m. Saturday night and Sunday morning.

According to police, 1,096 vehicles passed through the checkpoint with 542 of those vehicles being screened by police for any impairment.

Of those 542 vehicles, one person was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, three people were cited for driving with suspended licenses and seven drivers were issued traffic citations, police said.

Three cars belonging to the individuals who were allegedly driving with suspended licenses were also impounded.

According to police, checkpoints such as the one set up on Saturday are vital in the fight against impaired drivers and those who drive without licenses. The average American has a 30 percent chance of being killed or injured by an impaired driver, police said in a release.

Saturday's checkpoint was made possible by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


John B. Greet January 03, 2013 at 03:15 PM
Thanks, Watts. Again, if nothing else (and as I believe I have demonstrated there is plenty else) I have my personal experiences of investigating thousands of collisions in Long Beach upon which to rely. Beyond these, add hundreds of drunk driving arrests after having observed some of the most dangerous driving behaviors imaginable. Most collisions have more than one causal factor. Many have multiple identifiable factors. If impairment is noted, that is always considered the primary collision factor because impairment tends to exacerbate all of the others. Absent impairment, most factors can be overcome and a collision avoided. Add impairment however, and the driver's perceptions are adversely influenced and his or her reactions are slowed. This often results in the occurence of collisions which otherwise are not likely to have happened. We can and should increase efforts at educating the public concerning the very real dangers of impaired driving. Regardless of how much pro-active public education we attempt, however, some people arestill going to choose to drive while impaired. For this reason increased enforcement efforts are also necessary and, I think, extremely valuable because, as many people with DUI records can attest, enforcement can be a valuable education all it's own.
Watts January 03, 2013 at 08:16 PM
And something from an article just released today, that goes along with my last post here: "The government estimates that about 3 percent of fatal traffic crashes involve drowsy drivers, but other estimates have put that number as high as 33 percent." http://vitals.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/03/16328004-drowsy-driving-1-in-24-admits-nodding-off-at-the-wheel?lite And notice that the reader poll's sample set currently has 82% respondents stating that they have fallen asleep at the wheel.
Watts January 03, 2013 at 08:30 PM
I know that I have herd several times (and John, please correct me if this is not the case), that if there is an accident between two cars where the clear at fault would have been on one driver (let's say somebody who rear-ended another) that if the driver of the car that was hit, tested drunk, that the fault switches to them. Is that correct?
John B. Greet January 03, 2013 at 10:33 PM
Watts, in my experience, law enforcement collision reports in California identify, among other things, primary and other associated collision factors and which of the vehicles is the striking vehicle. If a non-impaired driver rear-ended an impaired driver (where nothing the impaired driver had done seemed to have been the proximate cause of the collision), I would have listed the vehicle driven by the non-impaired driver as the striking vehicle, the primary collision factor as "following too closely" (21703VC) and alcohol impairment as an "other associated factor" on the part of the impaired driver.
Panglonymous January 03, 2013 at 10:42 PM
I think there was a study showing a correlation between good government and functional alcoholism. If that were ever shown conclusively, do you think we could have a cultural reversal? The psychoactive crap these guys are taking now is for itshay.


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