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Oct 22, 2010 3:23 PM by Shelby Rhodes

Santa Maria conducting DUI checkpoint Saturday

The Santa Maria Police Department will be conducting a sobriety and driver's license checkpoint Saturday.

The checkpoint will start at 6:00 p.m. and go until 1:00 a.m. Officers have not released the location yet, but they said it will take place on a roadway where a significant number of DUI-related crashes and DUI arrests have occurred.

Drivers passing through the checkpoint will be screened for a sobriety test and asked for a valid driver's license.

"DUI arrests can be embarrassing and expensive, but they're easy to prevent," said Lieutenant Rico Flores. "If you're drinking, hand your keys over to a designated sober driver, or call a taxi or sober friend for a ride home. Don't risk an arrest- or worse, a serious injury or even death."

Funding for the checkpoint comes from the California office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Transportation on Safety Administration.

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