One Arrest, Five Citations in Santa Maria DUI Checkpoint

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By the Santa Maria Police Department

1 driver was arrested for DUI  while conducting a DUI checkpoint on September 2nd, 2022.

The checkpoint was held at the 800 block of east Stowell Rd. from 6:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.

5 drivers were cited for operating a vehicle unlicensed or with a suspended/revoked license, 214 vehicles were screened, and no drivers were arrested for other criminal charges.

Checkpoint locations are based on a history of crashes and DUI arrests. The primary purpose of checkpoints is not to make arrests, but to promote public safety by deterring drivers from driving impaired.

The Santa Maria Police Department will hold additional  DUI/Driver’s License checkpoints in the upcoming months.

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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