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|Santa Monica Police to Conduct Undisclosed Checkpoint Friday Night|
By Lookout Staff
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.
Studies have shown that well-publicized DUI checkpoints can reduce traffic collisions involving impaired drivers by 20 percent, according to law enforcement 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.
Many of the fatalities could have been prevented by choosing a designated driver, authorities 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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