The Santa Monica Police Department’s Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday, Jan. 30 at an undisclosed location within city limits.
The operation will take place between the hours of 7 pm and 3 am.
SMPD Sgt. Rudy Camarena said the deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven factor in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol and/or drug related collisions.
“Research shows that accidents involving impaired drivers can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized, enforcement checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely,” Camarena said. “Traffic Officers will be looking for objective signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment and verify that motorists are in possession of a valid driver’s license.”
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, which along with the Santa Monica Police Department would like to remind everyone to call 9-1-1 to report drunk drivers.