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Police Hold DUI Checkpoint, Traffic Safety Operation Friday

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By Lookout Staff

September 16, 2021 -- Santa Monica police will hold a DUI checkpoint Friday, as well as conduct a bicycle and pedestrian safety operation "aimed at keeping people out exercising or enjoying the outdoors safe."

The DUI checkpoint will take place from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. at an undisclosed location within the city limits.

"Checkpoint locations are chosen based on a history of DUI crashes and arrests," said Lt. Rudy Flores, the Police Department spokesman.

"The primary purpose of checkpoints is not to make arrests, but to promote public safety by deterring drivers from driving impaired.

"Driving under the influence is dangerous and puts others on the road at risk," Flores said.

During the checkpoint, officers will "look for signs that drivers are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs," police officials said.

"Some prescription medications or over-the-counter drugs may interfere with driving," they said.

The department advises motorists to "always follow directions for use and read warning labels about driving or 'operating heavy machinery,' which includes driving a car.

"While medicinal and recreational marijuana are legal, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal," police said.

Drivers charged with a first-time DUI face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license.

The bicycle and pedestrian safety operation will take place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. when officers will be "looking for violations made by bicyclists, drivers and pedestrians that make roads unsafe."

These violations include drivers speeding, making illegal turns, failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, failing to stop for signs and signals or any other traffic violation by bike riders or pedestrians.

“Drivers, slow down and allow bicyclists and pedestrians the same access to roads,” said Capt. Saul Rodriguez. “To protect you and your family, we want to make sure everyone is following rules that keep them safe.”

So far this year, the Santa Monica Police Department has investigated one deadly and 79 injury collisions involving bicyclists and pedestrians.

Funding for both programs is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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