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By Lookout Staff

January 31, 2018 -- Santa Monica Police will conduct a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on Friday from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. at an undisclosed location within the city limits, police officials announced.

The location is chosen based on collision data and frequency of DUI arrests and takes into account the safety of the officers and the public, police said.

"Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, with officers checking drivers for proper licensing, delaying motorists only momentarily," said Lt. Saul Rodriguez, the police department spokesman.

"When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving."

Motorists driving under the influence of drugs, including marijuana and prescription drugs, account for a "disturbing increase" in accidents, Rodriguez said.

A study of active drivers showed 14 percent tested positive for drugs that may impair driving, double the 7.3 percent that tested positive for alcohol.

Some 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes in California had one or more drugs in their systems, studies have shown.

In California, collisions involving the use of alcohol led to 1,155 deaths and nearly 24,000 serious injuries in 2014, according to the latest data available.

Over the past three years, SMPD officers have investigated 163 DUI collisions which have claimed two lives and resulted in another 56 injuries, Rodriguez said.

Drivers arrested for DUI face jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspensions and other expenses that can exceed $10,000, "not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out," police said.

Drivers can download the Designated Driver VIP, or “DDVIP,” free mobile app for Android or iPhone that helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver.

Funding for this 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, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Driver -- Call 9-1-1’.


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