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Santa Monica Police to Conduct DUI Checkpoint Friday

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By Lookout Staff

April 29, 2019 -- Santa Monica police will be conducting a DUI Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday as part of an effort that focuses on drug-impaired drivers.

The checkpoint -- which will be set up at an undisclosed location within the city limits from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. -- is part of an education campaign titles “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.”

"In recent years, California has seen a disturbing increase in drug-impaired driving crashes," Police Department officials said in a statement.

"If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI.

"Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI," police officials said.

A study of active California drivers found that 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 2014, collisions involving the use of alcohol led to 1,155 deaths and nearly 24,000 serious injuries in California, police said.

Between 2015 and 2018, SMPD officers investigated 163 DUI collisions, which have claimed two lives and resulted in another 56 injuries, according to the latest data.

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect a DUI arrest that can lead to 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.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the SMPD 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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