Santa Maria Police Division will maintain a DUI checkpoint at an undisclosed location inside the metropolis limits from 6 p.m. Friday to three a.m. Saturday, stated Visitors Bureau supervisor Sgt. Michael McGehee.
Through the checkpoint, officers will search for indicators that drivers are inebriated, medicine or each, McGehee stated.
Officers additionally might be looking out for unlicensed drivers and unregistered automobiles.
McGehee stated checkpoint places are chosen primarily based on a historical past of DUI crashes and arrests, though the first goal of checkpoints is to not make arrests however to advertise public security by deterring individuals from driving impaired.
“The security of our group is and at all times might be our mission,” McGehee stated. “We’re nonetheless on the market in the course of a pandemic as a result of driving underneath the affect remains to be harmful and places an additional pressure on crucial sources.”
He identified impaired driving will not be prompted simply by alcohol. Some prescription drugs or over-the-counter medicine could intervene with driving, and whereas medical and leisure hashish are authorized, driving underneath the affect of marijuana will not be.
Drivers charged with DUI face a mean of $13,500 in fines and penalties, in addition to a suspended license.