The Santa Monica Police Department’s Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint this Friday, March 20, 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 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.
In California, drunk driving led to the tragic deaths of 802 persons in 2012. Nationally, the latest data shows nearly 10,000 people were killed by impaired drivers.
Recent statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal collisions had traces of one or more drugs in their systems.
The study showed that more drivers tested positive for drug impairment (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent).