January 19, 2022 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

SMPD DUI Checkpoints Are An Effective Deterrent: Letter To The Editor:

Dear Editor,

DUI checkpoints save lives and dollars. I was happy to hear about the DUI checkpoint conducted by the Santa Monica Police Department on April 19.

Far too many people in our community get behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol. We all know it’s true.

As a longtime resident of Santa Monica and mother who has raised children here, safety is a very important issue to me. 

I have seen and read about countless alcohol-related car crashes in the community over the years. I am encouraged to see the Santa Monica Police Department taking the issue seriously.

I am on the board of directors of an organization that has been preventing alcohol-related problems throughout the country for more than 20 years.

While I am only mildly familiar with the work they do, I do know that routine DUI checkpoints with high visibility in the news can have a substantial deterrent effect, preventing people from committing a crime in the first place. They also send a message that as a community, we consider drinking and driving to be unacceptable.

I know it’s much easier to hop in the car and drive home after a night out than it is to call a taxi, or to rely on a designated driver. But this inconvenience pales in comparison with the consequences that can result from drinking and driving.

In too many cases it’s not just about a financial penalty – it can mean taking or ruining lives. As a community, we can set a higher standard for behavior. DUI checkpoints help accomplish this.

It’s also a money issue. Research shows every dollar invested in DUI checkpoints saves cities between $6 and $23 in costs from alcohol-related crashes. In other words, DUI checkpoints can actually lessen Santa Monica’s significant financial burdens.

So thank you, Santa Monica Police Department, for putting your resources into DUI checkpoints. They keep us all safer and encourage us to engage in behavior we know is right.

Marilyn Wexler

Santa Monica Resident and Westside Impact Coalition Member

in News
Related Posts

Los Angeles Homeless Count Postponed Amid COVID-19 Surge

January 18, 2022

January 18, 2022

LAHSA count to take place February 23 for Westside By Sam Catanzaro On Friday, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority...

Anti-Semitic Fliers Linking Jewish People to Anti-Vaxx Movement Posted at Santa Monica Schools

January 17, 2022

January 17, 2022

Police investigation incidents at Eddison, Will Rogers, McKinley and Grant elementary schools By Sam Catanzaro Santa Monica police are investigating...

Demolition Delayed For Parking Lot 3 Due to Injunction: Santa Monica Beat – January 17th, 2022

January 17, 2022

January 17, 2022

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes.*  New Covid Policies For SMMUSD Unvaccinated Students*  Demolition Delayed For Parking Lot...

Tsunami Leaves Santa Monica Undamaged

January 17, 2022

January 17, 2022

Volcanic explosion in Tonga sends small tsunami to West Coast over the weekend By Sam Catanzaro A tsunami that reached...

Tsunami Advisory Issued, Lifted for Santa Monica

January 15, 2022

January 15, 2022

Update: the National Weather Service canceled the tsunami advisory at 12:37 a.m. January 16. No damage expected for Santa Monica...

Santa Monica Vons’s Development Sees Design Changes

January 14, 2022

January 14, 2022

Santa Monica’s 710 Broadway development design changes shown in new renderings By Dolores Quintana The 710 Broadway Project developer has...

Bel Air Megamansion ‘The One’ Is Finally Being Put up for Sale

January 14, 2022

January 14, 2022

$295 million asking price for infamous property By Dolores Quintana The One, the most famous of all the megamansions and...

Burglar Arrested After Victim Recognizes Him Wearing Shirt

January 13, 2022

January 13, 2022

Mynor Calderon arrested in connection to January 6 incident By Sam Catanzaro.  Santa Monica police recently arrested a home burglar...

Pier Vendor Arrested for Burning Other Vendor With Oil From Hot Dog Cart

January 13, 2022

January 13, 2022

Arrest made in connection to November incident By Sam Catanzaro Police recently arrested a Santa Monica Pier street vendor for...

Santa Monica to Begin Accepting Applications for Families Displaced by Construction of Freeway and Civic Center

January 11, 2022

January 11, 2022

Below Market Housing for Historically Displaced Households pilot application window to open January 18 By Sam Catanzaro Santa Monica will...

Local Mountain Lions Show First Reproductive Effects of Inbreeding

January 11, 2022

January 11, 2022

“It’s quite severe,” says the lead researcher in UCLA study  By Sam Catanzaro UCLA scientists tracking two local mountain lion...

Cedars-Sinai Urges Blood Donations

January 11, 2022

January 11, 2022

As 2022 begins, Cedars-Sinai is facing a critical blood shortage and is encouraging prospective donors to give blood as soon...

Santa Monica Issues Permit for Second Medical Marijuana Dispensary

January 11, 2022

January 11, 2022

Dispensary would be located at 1416 Wilshire Boulevard By Dolores Quintana The medical marijuana dispensary Harvest of Santa Monica has...

Nearly 2,000 Tests a Day Available at New Santa Monica Covid Test Facility: Santa Monica Beat – January 10th, 2022

January 10, 2022

January 10, 2022

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes.*  Nearly 2,000 Tests a Day Available at New Santa Monica Covid Test...