Two people were arrested for driving under the influence and four vehicles impounded during a driver’s license/sobriety checkpoint conducted by the Santa Monica Police Department on Aug. 12.
More than 820 vehicles passed through the checkpoint, which was located near the corner of Main Street and Ocean Park Boulevard, said SMPD Sgt. Richard Lewis. Of those, 245 vehicles were screened.
Lewis said in addition to the two drivers busted for allegedly driving under the influence, two others were cited for driving without a license. A total of four misdemeanor arrests were made. In addition to the four impounded vehicles, two cars were put on a 30-day hold.
Seven miscellaneous citations were also issued.
The checkpoint was conducted as part of an ongoing campaign to reduce the number of people killed and injured in alcohol-related crashes.
Statewide, overall 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.
It was the fourth checkpoint conducted as part of the year-long effort.