The Santa Monica Police Department will be conducting a driving under the influence/driver’s license checkpoint to target impaired drivers on Friday, June 14, at an undisclosed location within the city limits.
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 or 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, police said.
Drivers caught driving impaired may face jail time, license suspension and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, court probation and other expenses that can exceed $10,000, Sgt. Richard Lewis said.
“Over the course of the past year, traffic collisions involving impaired drivers/riders were involved in 91 collisions, which have killed three and injured 28 people,” Lt. Jay Trisler stated.
Santa Monica police remind drivers to have a designated driver or call a taxi cab if they plan on drinking.
Information, Sgt. Phillbo Rubish at the Santa Monica Police Department Traffic Section at (310) 458-8950, or Sgt. Lewis at (310) 458-8462.