NewsLocal News


Santa Maria police net 1 arrest at DUI checkpoint

Santa Maria police badge over police lights
Posted at 6:05 PM, Aug 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-18 21:06:07-04

The Santa Maria Police Department arrested one driver at a DUI checkpoint Saturday night for operating a vehicle unlicensed.

No arrests were made for DUI or other criminal charges.

402 vehicles were screened at the checkpoint from the hours of 6 p.m. to 3 a.m at 600 W. Main Street.

Police say DUI checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests.

Santa Maria police investigated 191 DUI collisions that killed 4 people and injured 32 others last year.

A DUI charge can cost more than $13,000 after fines, fees and required classes.

SMPD reminds drivers that they can be arrested for DUI if they are impaired by prescription drugs.

Santa Maria police plan to conduct a DUI Saturation Patrol on August 24th.