The Santa Monica Police Department plans to conduct a sobriety/driver’s license checkpoint in the city on the evening of Friday, July 1.

Officers from the Santa Monica Police Department will be contacting drivers to confirm their sobriety and driver’s license status. This is the fourth of several checkpoints to be conducted over a 12-month period.

It is part of an ongoing campaign to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes, police said. Driving under the influence (DUI) checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders, as well as to bring awareness to the community of the dangers of impaired driving.

Statewide, overall traffic deaths declined by 23 percent, from 3,995 in 2007 to 3,081 in 2009, police said. Total traffic fatalities are at their lowest levels in six decades. DUI 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.

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

Police remind drivers to havea designated driver or call a taxi cab if they plan on drinking.

Information, Sgt. Jeff Wiles at the Santa Monica Police Department Traffic Division, (310) 458-8950, or Sgt. Richard Lewis at (310) 458-8462.