DUI and license checkpoint coming to undisclosed location
By Chad Winthrop
Santa Monica police will conduct a DUI checkpoint Friday night.
According to the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD), the Traffic Unit will hold a DUI Checkpoint on September 17 from 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. at an undisclosed location within the city limits.
Checkpoint locations are chosen based on a history of DUI crashes and arrests. The primary purpose of checkpoints is not to make arrests, but to promote public safety by deterring drivers from driving impaired, police say.
During the checkpoint, officers will look for signs that drivers are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, according to the SMPD.
“The Santa Monica Police Department is committed to keeping the traveling public safe. The safety of our community is and always will be our mission. We are looking for impaired drivers because driving under the influence is dangerous and puts others on the road at risk,” the SMPD said.
Police noted that impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Some prescription medications or over-the-counter drugs may also interfere with driving. In addition, while medicinal and recreational marijuana are legal, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal.
According to the SMPD, drivers charged with a first-time DUI face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license.