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Nov 7, 2013 1:31 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

DUI checkpoint in Santa Maria Saturday

The Santa Maria Police Department is conducting a DUI and Drivers License Checkpoint Saturday.

The checkpoint goes from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Officers will be looking for drivers showing signs of alcohol or drug impairment. They'll also be checking for proper licensing.

"In Santa Maria alone, between September 2009 and September 2012, 423 DUI collisions have claimed four lives and resulted in 120 injury crashes, harming over 168 of our friends and family members. Don't take the risk," said SMPD Traffic Sergeant Valle.

Checkpoints are placed in locations where drunk and drugged drivers are most likely to be.

Research shows announcing checkpoints ahead of time reduces the number of DUI drivers on the road.

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