Santa Monica police will be conducting a sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint in the city Friday evening, Aug. 26.
The event is part of an ongoing campaign to reduce the number of persons killed or injured in alcohol involved crashes, police said. This is the fourth of several driving under the influence (DUI) checkpoints conducted over the year.
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.
Funding for the checkpoint is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
According to police, traffic fatalities are at their lowest levels in six decades. DUI-related deaths declined by 16 percent, from 1,132 in 2007 to 950 in 2009, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System.
Santa Monica police encourage drivers to have a designated driver or call a taxi cab if they plan on drinking.
Information, Sgt. Jeff Wiles at the Santa Monica Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit at (310) 458-8950, or Sgt. Richard Lewis at (310) 458-8462.