FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 29, 2014
Contact: Rudy Camarena, Sergeant
The Santa Monica Police Department's Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint on August 16, 2014, at an undisclosed location within the city limits, between the hours of 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven factor in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol and/or drug related collisions. Research shows that accidents involving impaired drivers can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized, DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely.
Traffic Officers will be looking for objective signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment and verify that motorists are in possession of a valid driver's license.
In California, drunk driving led to the tragic deaths of 802 persons in 2012. Nationally, the latest data shows nearly 10,000 people were killed by impaired drivers. "Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions in Santa Monica have claimed 1 life and resulted in 67 collisions injuring 95 of our friends and neighbors," said Sergeant Rubish.
Recent statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal collisions had traces of one or more drugs in their systems. The study showed that more drivers tested positive for drug impairment (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the substances, marijuana was the most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly higher than alcohol.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective, documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent. Nearly 90 percent of California drivers approve of DUI checkpoints.
DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests affording the greatest opportunity for achieving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.
Drivers arrested while driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, court mandated classes, and incidental expenses that can exceed $10,000.
Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Santa Monica Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which along with the Police Department would like to remind everyone to call 9-1-1 to report drunk drivers. Your call might help us save a life!