SANTA MONICA—The Santa Monica Police Department has announced that they will be conducting a DUI/ Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday, April 15 at an undisclosed location within the city. The checkpoint will take place between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m.
According to a press release from the SMPD, law enforcement will be stopping all vehicles and will be checking for signs of intoxication by alcohol or drugs in motorists. They will also be verifying that all motorists are in possession of a valid driver’s license.
DUI Checkpoints have been proven to reduce the amount of persons killed and injured by alcohol and/or drug-related traffic accidents. Research has shown that collisions involving drunk or impaired drivers are reduced by almost 20 percent when city organized checkpoints are well-publicized and officers are patrolling for DUI stops on a regular basis.
The funding for this checkpoint is provided by a grant received by the Santa Monica Police Department from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The SMPF and the COTS and the NHTSA want to remind the public to call 9-1-1 if they notice any signs of a drunk or impaired driver to ensure the streets and highways stay safe for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians.