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Santa Monica Police Make Four DUI Arrests During Checkpoint


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February 12, 2018 -- Police arrested four motorists driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol during a DUI checkpoint this month, Police Department officials said.

Traffic officers screened 422 of the 870 vehicles that drove through the check point conducted on Ocean Avenue on Friday, February 2 from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Sobriety tests were given to 35 drivers, leading to one arrest for alcohol, another for drugs and two for a combination of alcohol and drugs, police data shows.

In addition, two motorists were cited for driving with a suspended or revoked license, police said.

The arrests this month mirrored the four made during the previous DUI checkpoint conducted by Santa Monica police on Friday September 22, said Lt. Saul Rodriguez, the police department spokesman.

In that case, traffic officers checked 299 of the 1370 vehicles that drove through the checkpoint near Lincoln and Pico boulevards, Rodriguez said.

Police administered 28 sobriety tests leading to two arrests for alcohol and two for drugs, the data shows.

Four drivers were cited for driving with a suspended or revoked license.

Police also made a felony arrest and recovered stolen property, according to the data.

Rodriguez said it is difficult to gauge the impact of the checkpoints conducted in Santa Monica but noted that statewide data show they have a deterrent effect.

"We hope that by doing this on a consistent basis, it will deter driving under the influence," he said.

Under the terms of the grant from California Office of Traffic Safety used to conduct the checkpoints, police must notify the public when they are being conducted, although the locations are not reveled.


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