Santa Maria DUI Checkpoint Nets 8 Arrests

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Source: Santa Maria Police Department

2 drivers were arrested for DUI  while conducting a DUI checkpoint on September 10, 2021.

The checkpoint was held at the 700 block of East Main St.  from 6:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.

6 drivers were cited for operating a vehicle unlicensed or with a suspended/revoked license, 144 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 another DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint 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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rubington Sep 13, 2021 04:06 PM
Santa Maria DUI Checkpoint Nets 8 Arrests

Why do these titles always include the citations in the arrest count? 8 people were not arrested Mr. SMPD. Only 2. Still, nipping 5% of people screened sounds impressive. But, I don’t think these justify the price of these in the end. Better off just patrolling. No one likes running into the cops and explaining yourself. It’s like getting pulled over for no reason.

JB86 Sep 13, 2021 08:36 PM
Santa Maria DUI Checkpoint Nets 8 Arrests

It is interesting that about 5% of drivers are either impaired or unlicensed/suspended/expired. This is consistent with previous checkpoints in SM. The number may seem small, until you consider that some of these folks are a lethal threat to you and your family. Odds a lot worse than the lottery.

Taryn J. White Sep 14, 2021 03:06 AM
Santa Maria DUI Checkpoint Nets 8 Arrests

If 2 out of the 8 arrested were for DUI, at least more of them weren't an immediate danger by driving under the influence. With the high costs of having to fightDUIcharges under the new state laws, hopefully it helps serve as a deterrent to lower the amount of people risking a DUI today.

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