The Santa Monica Police Department is conducting a DUI checkpoint on Friday night

DUI and license checkpoint come to an unknown location

By Chad Winthrop

The Santa Monica Police Department will conduct a DUI checkpoint on Friday night.

According to the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD), the traffic unit will hold a DUI checkpoint at an undisclosed location within the city limits on September 17 from 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.

The checkpoint locations are selected based on a history of DUI crashes and arrests. The main purpose of checkpoints is not to make arrests, but to promote public safety by preventing drivers from becoming disabled, police say.

During the checkpoint, officers look for signs that the drivers are under the influence of alcohol and / or drugs, according to the SMPD.

“The Santa Monica Police Department is committed to keeping the traveling public safe. The security of our community is and will remain our mission. We are looking for disabled drivers because driving under the influence of alcohol is dangerous and endangers others on the road, ”said the SMPD.

The police found that the inability to drive was not solely due to alcohol. Some prescription drugs or over-the-counter drugs can also interfere with driving. While medical and recreational marijuana is legal, driving while under the influence of marijuana is illegal.

According to SMPD, drivers charged with a first-time DUI face an average of $ 13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license.

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