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DUI checkpoint in Santa Maria nets 12 arrests

Posted at 9:21 AM, Aug 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-26 12:21:01-04

A DUI checkpoint in Santa Maria resulted in a dozen citations Saturday, according to a press release issued Sunday by the Santa Maria Police Department.

Over 480 vehicles passed through the checkpoint at 200 N. Broadway between 6 p.m. and 3 a.m.

"In recent years, California has seen a disturbing increase in drug-impaired driving crashes," the press release states, noting that the checkpoints are designed to stop impaired drivers before they get into a crash.

One person was arrested for DUI involving alcohol during the Saturday checkpoint operation and one person was arrested for DUI involving drugs.

Studies of California drivers have shown that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems.

According to the press release, 10 drivers were cited for driving with a suspended or revoked license and 12 driver received a citation.

A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol.

SMPD encouraged drivers to download the Designated Driver VIP, or “DDVIP,” free mobile app for Android or iPhone.

he DDVIP app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more.

The feature-packed app even has social media tie-ins and even a tab for the non-DD to call Uber, Lyft or Curb.

Drivers caught driving impaired can face jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

SMPD will be conducting another checkpoint operation in October.