By the Santa Maria Police Department
The Santa Maria Police Department arrested 3 drivers on suspicion of DUI while conducting a DUI Checkpoint, September 16, 2023. The checkpoint was held in the 100 block of South Broadway from 6:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
We are committed to taking impaired drivers off the road as driving under the influence is not only dangerous, but also has major consequences.
16 drivers were cited for operating a vehicle unlicensed or with a suspended/revoked license, 109 vehicles were screened, and no drivers were arrested for other criminal charges.
Drivers charged with a first-time DUI face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license.
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.