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Santa Monica Police to Conduct Undisclosed Checkpoint Friday Night  

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March 31, 2017 -- Santa Monica Police will conduct a checkpoint from 7 p.m. Friday night to 3 a.m. Saturday in an effort to screen for motorists driving while intoxicated or without a license, police announced this week.

The checkpoint -- at which officers routinely screen hundreds of drivers -- will be conducted at an undisclosed location within the City, police said.

Studies have shown that well-publicized DUI checkpoints can reduce traffic collisions involving impaired drivers by 20 percent, according to law enforcement authorities.

In California, DUI's led to 867 fatalities and more than 23,000 serious injuries in 2013, the last year data was compiled by state authorities.

The latest national data show that 10,076 people were killed by impaired drivers, with 30 percent of the drivers showing traces of one or more drugs in their systems.

The study found that more drivers tested positive for drugs (14 percent) than they did for alcohol (7.3 percent).

Many of the fatalities could have been prevented by choosing a designated driver, authorities said.

Santa Monica police urge individuals to report drunk drivers by calling 9-1-1.
Nearly 90 percent of California drivers approve of DUI checkpoints, state officials said.

Funding for Friday's checkpoint is provided to the Santa Monica Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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