The Long Beach Police Department has been awarded a $112,800 grant to fund DUI checkpoints and other programs designed to reduce deaths and injuries on local roadways, authorities announced Friday.
The grant, which is funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is a great example of the coordination between the state authorities and local police, said Chief Jim McDonnell.
Checkpoints prove effective in two ways - by removing drunk drivers from the streets and educating the public on the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, said Mayor Bob Foster.
In 2010, 791 people were killed and more than 24,000 were injured in alcohol- and drug-related crashes in California. The same year, seven people were killed and 139 were hurt in similar crashes in Long Beach, officials said.