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The Santa Monica Police Department has announced details of its next DUI/Driver's License checkpoint.
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The Santa Monica Police Department has announced details of its next DUI/Driver's License checkpoint.

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Santa Monica Police Department To Conduct DUI Checkpoint This Friday Night

Posted Apr. 16, 2014, 9:15 am

Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief

A DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint will be held in Santa Monica this Friday night at an undisclosed location within the city limits.

The Santa Monica Police Department’s Traffic Unit will conduct the checkpoint between 7 pm and 3 am.

SMPD Sgt. Jay Moroso said the deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints was a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. 

"Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely," Moroso said.

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, along with proper licensing credentials. 

Moroso said this would only result in a momentary delay for motorists.

"When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving," he said. "Recent statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems."

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Santa Monica Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to call 9-1-1 to report drunk drivers.

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Apr. 16, 2014, 9:46:14 am

Andy said...

The net result will be zero DUIs but thousands of dollars in tickets for thing like an out of date tag. Barney is the long arm of the tax man in Santa Monica.

Apr. 16, 2014, 10:15:23 am

joe said...

Welcome to the SaMo Secret State Police City.

Apr. 17, 2014, 9:31:18 am

Offramp said...

Joe, if it's "secret" why would they be publicizing it? Isn't the definition and purpose of secret being something the public is unaware of? Andy, Patrols are meant to catch active drunks, get them off the streets and prosecute them. Checkpoints are highly visible, highly publicized events meant to deter drinking and driving in the first place. Patrols have little deterrent value, but high enforcement value. Checkpoints have been shown to have the potential to lower DUI fatality rates by up to 20 percent by virtue of their deterrence. People go through them, drive past them, hear about them via multiple grapevines and get the ongoing impression that drunk driving is dangerous, socially unacceptable, and that law enforcement is actively looking for it. They are both good tactics and both should be in the arsenal of DUI combating tactics, along with others. In terms of catching drunks, nothing beats patrols. In terms of saving lives, nothing beats checkpoints.

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