DUI Checkpoint Nets 1 Arrest

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Source: Santa Maria Police Department 

Santa Maria Police Department arrested 0 DUI for alcohol and/or drugs. In addition, 402 vehicles were screened while conducting the DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint on 8-17-2019. The checkpoint was at 600 W. Main Street between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m.

Also, 1 driver was cited/arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed or with a suspended/revoked license, 0 Suspects arrested for illegal drugs, 0 arrested on other Criminal Charges, 1 Citation issued, 0 vehicles towed. 

DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests. Last year the Santa Maria Police Department investigated 191 DUI collisions that killed 4 people and injured 32 others.

Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with DUI can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to be approxi mately $13,500. This includes fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses not to mention possible jail time.

The Santa Maria Police Department reminds drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” Prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, can impair and result in a DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs.

The Santa Maria Police Department will be conducting a DUI Saturation Patrol on Friday August 24, 2019 in our ongoing commitment to take suspected impaired drivers off our streets and highways, ultimately lowering the risk for deaths and injuries.

Funding for this checkpoint was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Flicka Aug 19, 2019 11:52 AM
DUI Checkpoint Nets 1 Arrest

Right, I didn't get the right charge for the arrested person, but driving with a suspended license is nothing to sneeze at. Not that it will likely keep the person from driving.

El Barbareno Aug 19, 2019 09:33 AM
DUI Checkpoint Nets 1 Arrest

I wonder what would happen if they installed breathalyzers at the parking garage by Joe's (gate won't open if you fail), And, if you really want to find the drunks, why not simply do the DUI check starting at 9:00pm in the Funk Zone, Loreto Plaza and Ontare Plaza?

Flicka Aug 19, 2019 09:13 AM
DUI Checkpoint Nets 1 Arrest

Well, who knows what accident the drunk driver might have caused if not stopped.

a-1590651965 Aug 19, 2019 09:41 AM
DUI Checkpoint Nets 1 Arrest

Flicka, there was no drunk driver stopped! The citation was for being unlicensed. Please read before the kneejerk defense of a police state.

a-1590651965 Aug 19, 2019 08:58 AM
DUI Checkpoint Nets 1 Arrest

Once again, Santa Maria PD posts its totals from a DUI checkpoint, while SBPD refuses to ever do the same. Could be that the results are actually embarrassing, as here.

RHS Aug 19, 2019 08:38 AM
DUI Checkpoint Nets 1 Arrest

Simpler explanation: there is not the sort of driving problem that we are lead to believe in by the scare mongers and police state apologists who fund these sort of fascist interventions. One citation for 402 stops is a productivity rate of 0.00248756218.

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