By Lookout Staff
September 11, 2012 -- Santa Monica Police will conduct a checkpoint at an undisclosed location Friday evening to catch motorists driving under the influence or without a current license.
Officers will be looking for signs that indicate drivers passing through the checkpoint may be impaired by drugs or alcohol, or both, police said.
Those caught driving impaired can expect to be sent to jail, have their license suspended and their insurance increased, police said. Motorists caught driving under the influence can also expect fines, fees, DUI classes, court probation and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.
The DUI checkpoint is part of an ongoing campaign to "reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes" and remove offenders from the street, said Sgt. Richard Lewis, the police department spokesman.
The campaign also is "intended to bring awareness to our community of the dangers of impaired driving," Lewis said.
"Over the course of the past year, DUI drivers were involved in 12 collisions, which injured 19 people," said Santa Monica Lt. Jay Trisler.
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."
Drivers who plan on drinking should have a designated driver or call a taxi cab to take them safely home, police said.
Funding for the checkpoint is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.