SANTA MARIA, Calif. -- The Santa Maria Police Department will be doing DUI and Drivers License checkpoints starting Saturday at 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
The checkpoints are set up to reduce the number of people killed or injured on the road. Police say their goal is to avoid more alcohol related crashes. Officers say there's research that proves that crashes involving alcohol fall by about 20% when well publicized checkpoints are used.
Any drivers caught impaired could get jail time, lose their license and have their insurance go up as well as be given fines, fees and DUI classes. Police say expenses of driving under the influence could reach up to $10,000.