The Santa Monica Police Department will be conducting a sobriety/driver’s license checkpoint Friday night, November 20th in the area of Lincoln Boulevard and Michigan Avenue in Santa Monica.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, police said.

Santa Monica police officers will be contacting drivers at the checkpoint to confirm their sobriety and driver’s license status. This is the first of several checkpoints to be conducted over the next 12-month period.

The Santa Monica Police Department reminds drivers to have a designated driver or call a taxi cab if they plan on drinking.

Since 2005, the number of alcohol involved fatalities has been dropping, thanks to efforts like this 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.”

For more information, Sgt. Larry Horn of the Santa Monica Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit at (310) 458-8950, or Sgt. Jay Trisler at (310) 458-8471.