The Santa Monica Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Unit will deploy a special saturation patrol Saturday, Sept. 4 to enforce laws against driving under the influence.

“If you drive drunk, Santa Monica PD will be looking for you,” said Sgt. Jeff Wiles of the Traffic Enforcement Unit. “If you’re over the limit, you will be arrested.”

The Santa Monica Police Department will be conducting this “zero tolerance” DUI saturation patrol on Sept. 4, targeting those who do not heed the message to designate a sober driver before their celebrations begin. Funding for the patrol is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Since 2005, the number of alcohol involved fatalities has been dropping, thanks to efforts such as this DUI enforcement campaign, police said. But law enforcement and the public must continue to work toward zero deaths, police said.

“Law enforcement officers are doing more to remove drunk drivers from California’s streets and highways thanks to our DUI traffic safety funding,” said Christopher J. Murphy, director of the California Office of Traffic Safety. “But everyone can help make their communities safer. If you see a drunk driver: Call 9-1-1.”

The DUI saturation patrol will deploy within the city limits of Santa Monica on Saturday night starting at approximately 6 p.m.

Information, Sgt. Wiles of the Santa Monica Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Unit at (310) 458-8950, or the department’s public information officer, Sgt. Jay Trisler at (310) 458-8471.

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