The Santa Maria Police Department arrested one driver on suspicion of DUI while conducting a DUI Checkpoint on Dec. 16th, 2022.
7 drivers were cited for operating a vehicle unlicensed or with a suspended/revoked license, 196 vehicles were screened, and no drivers were arrested for other criminal charges.
The checkpoint was held at the 800 block of east Stowell Rd. from 6:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
The Santa Maria Police Department is committed to taking impaired drivers off the road.
Driving under the influence is not only dangerous but also has major consequences.
Drivers charged with a first-time DUI face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license.
The Santa Maria Police Department will hold additional DUI/Driver’s License checkpoints in the upcoming months.
Funding for this checkpoint was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.