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The Santa Monica Police Department will conduct a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint next Friday, Sept. 14.
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The Santa Monica Police Department will conduct a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint next Friday, Sept. 14.

News, Santa Monica, Police Department

Santa Monica DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint Next Friday, September 14

Posted Sep. 7, 2012, 1:53 am

Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief

The Santa Monica Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint next Friday, Sept. 14 at an undisclosed location within the city limits.

Drivers 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.

SMPD Sgt. Richard Lewis said the checkpoint is part of an ongoing campaign to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes.

"DUI checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and remove them from the street, as well as bring awareness to our community of the dangers of impaired driving," Lewis said.

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

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

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Sep. 7, 2012, 6:08:50 am

david marmel said...

Check points are a valuable tool -- next consideration should be made to monitor pedistrian crosswalks for vehicle violations. Too many people are being struck while crossing streets in these walkways.

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