Santa Monica police officers arrested two motorists during a driver’s license and sobriety checkpoint operation in the 3200 block of Santa Monica Boulevard Friday night, September 15th.

Santa Monica police set up the checkpoint with other Westside law enforcement agencies, including the Beverly Hills and Culver City Police Departments.

The checkpoint is in accordance with a State of California Office of Traffic Safety grant in support of the “You Drink and Drive. You Lose” national campaign, police said.

During the checkpoint operation, which started at 8:45 p.m. and ended at 1 a.m., 888 vehicles passed through and 284 vehicles were screened, police said.

Officers conducted four driving-under-the-influence investigations and arrested one motorist for driving under the influence and another motorist for felony possession of a controlled substance, police said.

Eight citations were issued and seven vehicles were towed for a variety of offenses.

The goal of the program is to educate and bring awareness to the community, while at the same time detecting and removing motorists who drive under the influence of alcohol and irresponsible drivers from the roadways, police said.

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