H-SANTA MARIA

Nov 1, 2012 8:42 PM by KSBY (Staff)

DUI checkpoints in Santa Maria on Saturday

The Santa Maria Police Department is conducting a DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint this Saturday. The department's traffic unit will be in charge of the checkpoint, which will take place between 6:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m.

As drivers pass through, officers will look for signs of alcohol or drug impairment and check for proper licensing. Drivers who are caught driving under the influence of illegal substances are told to expect jail, license suspension, insurance increases, fines, fees, DUI classes, and other expenses.

In a press release, officials said the checkpoint will be placed in a location deemed to have "the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public."

Research shows that alcohol-related car accidents decrease an average of 20% when checkpoints are publicized and conducted often.

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