The Santa Monica Police Department will be conducting a driving under the influence/driver’s license checkpoint on the evening of Saturday, Aug. 18 at an undisclosed location in the city.

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

This 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 on the dangers of impaired driving, Santa Monica police Sgt. Richard Lewis said.

Motorists 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 warned.

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

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, checkpoints are among the most effective of any of the DUI enforcement strategies.

Santa Monica police are reminding 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 Section at (310) 458-8950, or Lewis, the public information officer, at (310) 458-8462.

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