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September 21, 2017 -- Santa Monica police will conduct an operation Friday to screen for motorists driving under the influence or without a valid license, department officials said.

The Driving Under the Influence (DUI)-Driver's License Checkpoint will take place from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. at an undisclosed location within city limits, officials said.

During the operation, traffic officers will look for "objective signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment" and verify that motorists are in possession of a valid driver's license.

"The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints are a proven factor in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol and/or drug related collisions," police officials said in a statement.

According to research, accidents involving impaired drivers can be reduced by as much as 20 percent "when well-publicized enforcement checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely," officials said.

In California, DUI's led to 867 fatalities and more than 23,000 serious injuries in 2013, the last year data was compiled by state authorities.

The latest national data show that 10,076 people were killed by impaired drivers, with 30 percent of the drivers showing traces of one or more drugs in their systems.

The study found that more drivers tested positive for drugs (14 percent) than they did for alcohol (7.3 percent).

Many of the fatalities could have been prevented by choosing a designated driver, authorities said.

Santa Monica police urge individuals to report drunk drivers by calling 9-1-1.
Nearly 90 percent of California drivers approve of DUI checkpoints, state officials said.

Funding for Friday's 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.


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