On Saturday night, the Santa Maria Police Department will be conducting a DUI/ driver’s license checkpoint at an undisclosed location. This is part of an enhanced enforcement effort to get drunk and drugged drivers off of the streets. According to Santa Barbara’s Noozhawk, DUI checkpoint locations are often placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests.
In 2017, there were 1,120 people killed in alcohol-involved crashes on roadways in California, so this is a top priority for local law enforcement agencies. In addition to being on the lookout for drivers under the influence of alcohol, law enforcement officers will also be looking for signs of drugged driving. This includes illegal drugs like marijuana and legally prescribed and over-the-counter drugs that can impact a driver’s safety behind the wheel.