Santa Monica police arrested two people Friday for driving under the influence during a sobriety/driver’s license checkpoint.

SMPD Sgt. Richard Lewis said a total of 1,616 vehicles drove through the checkpoint, the location of which was not released by law enforcement. Of those, 352 drivers were screened and 12 field sobriety tests conducted.

Eight drivers were cited for driving without a license and their vehicles were impounded.

The checkpoint, the third conducted over the last 12 months as part of an effort to reduce the number of people killed or injured in alcohol-involved crashes, was paid for by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Statewide, traffic deaths declined by 23 percent, from 3,995 in 2007 to 3,081 in 2009. Total traffic fatalities are at their lowest levels in six decades. DUI deaths declined by 16 percent, from 1,132 in 2007 to 950 in 2009, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System.

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