Santa Monica Lookout
|Santa Monica Police to Conduct DUI Checkpoint||
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By Lookout Staff
“The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes,” said Rudy Camarena, the Police Department spokesman.
Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions in Santa Monica have claimed one life and resulted in 67 injury crashes harming 95 people, said Sgt. Phillbo Rubish.
“DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence,” police officials said.
They added, “Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving.”
Recent statistics show that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems, according to the authorities.
A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for illegal drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol.
Checkpoints have proven to be the most effective DUI enforcement strategy and save $6 for every $1 spent, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Nearly 90 percent of California drivers approve of DUI checkpoints.
Those who plan to drink should have a designated driver or call a taxi cab, police officials said.
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