FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 15, 2010
Contact: Jay Trisler, Sergeant
The Santa Monica Police Department will be conducting a sobriety (DUI) / driver’s license checkpoint on the evening of Wednesday, March 17, 2010, in the 300 block of Pico Boulevard in the City of Santa Monica. Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Officers from the Santa Monica Police Department will be contacting drivers in the City of Santa Monica to confirm their sobriety and driver’s license status. This is the first of several checkpoints to be conducted over the next 12-month period.
The Santa Monica Police Department reminds drivers if you plan on drinking, have a designated driver or call a taxi cab to take you safely home.
Since 2005, the number of alcohol involved fatalities has been dropping, thanks to efforts like this. But law enforcement and the public must continue to work toward zero deaths.
“Law enforcement officers are doing more to remove drunk drivers from California’s streets and highways thanks to our DUI traffic safety funding,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety. “But everyone can help make their communities safer; if you see a drunk driver – call 9-1-1.”
For more information, please contact Sergeant Jeff Wiles with the Santa Monica Police Department’s Traffic Division at 310-458-8950, or, the department’s Public Information Officer, Sergeant Jay Trisler at 310-458-8471.