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Santa Maria Police screen 486 cars at DUI checkpoint, no arrests

Posted at 2:00 PM, Apr 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-13 14:31:45-04

The Santa Maria Police Department did not arrest anyone or give out any citations at a driving under the influence checkpoint Friday night.

The police department screened 486 cars between 6 p.m. and 3 a.m. at the checkpoint on 500 East Main St.

The Santa Maria Police Department has conducted several DUI checkpoints in the past months.

DUI checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequent DUI arrests. In 2018 the Santa Maria Police Department said it investigated 191 DUI collisions that killed four people and injured 32 others.

Santa Maria Police said drivers caught driving while impaired and who are charged with a DUI can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to be $13,500.

The police department will have another DUI checkpoint on Friday, May 3.