The Santa Monica Police Department will conduct a driving under the influence/driver’s license checkpoint in the city on the evening of Friday, Sept. 14.

Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint and will look for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment.

The effort is part of an ongoing campaign to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes, police said. DUI checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and remove them from the street, as well as bring awareness to the community of the dangers of impaired driving.

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, court probation and other expenses that can exceed $10,000, police note.

“Over the course of the past year, DUI drivers were involved in 12 collisions, which injured 19 people,” said Santa Monica police Lt. Jay Trisler.

Funding for the operation was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Santa Monica police remind drivers to have a designated driver or call a taxi cab if they plan on drinking.

Information, Sgt. Phillbo Rubish of the Santa Monica Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit at (310) 458-8950, or the public information officer, Sgt. Richard Lewis, at (310) 458-8462.

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