The Santa Monica Police Department will be conducting a sobriety, driver’s license checkpoint this Friday night in the 300 block of Pico Boulevard.

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

Officers will be contacting drivers to confirm their sobriety and driver’s license status. This is the first of several checkpoints to be conducted over the next 12 months.

The SMPD reminds drivers if you plan on drinking, have a designated driver or call a taxi cab to take you safely home. 

Since 2005, the number of alcohol involved fatalities has been dropping, thanks to efforts like this, said SMPD Sgt. Jay Trisler. But law enforcement and the public must continue to work toward zero deaths.

“Law enforcement officers are doing more to remove drunk drivers from California’s streets and highways thanks to our DUI traffic safety funding,” said Christopher J. Murphy, director of the California Office of Traffic Safety. “But everyone can help make their communities safer. If you see a drunk driver call 9-1-1.”

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