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Santa Monica DUI Checkpoint To Be Held Friday, August 16:

A Santa Monica DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint will be held next Friday, Aug. 16.

The Santa Monica Police Department never discloses the location in advance, but it will be within city limits.

SMPD Lt. Richard Lewis said the operation was part of an ongoing campaign to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes.

“DUI checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and remove them from the street; as well as bring awareness to our community of the dangers of impaired driving,” Lt. Lewis said.

Lewis said officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment.

He said drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases; as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, court probation and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

SMPD Lt. Jay Trisler added members of the community were senselessly injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers.

“Over the course of the past year, traffic collisions involving impaired drivers/riders were involved in 87 collisions; which have killed 2 and injured 29 people,” Lt. Trisler said.

Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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