SANTA MARIA, Calif. -- Police say they will be conducting DUI and drivers license checkpoints starting on Friday.
Checkpoints are done to reduce the number of people killed or injured on the road. Officers say checkpoints help lower the number of alcohol-related crashed.
Research shows accidents drop by about 20% when checkpoints are conducted often, according to police. "Over the course of the past three years, 518 DUI collisions have claimed 3 lives and resulted in 137 injury crashes, harming over 150 of our friends and family members. Don't take the risk," said SMPD Traffic Sgt. Valle.
DUI checkpoints in Santa Maria will start at 7:00 p.m. and go till about 3:00 a.m.
Police will be looking for drivers with signs of alcohol or drug impairment. They also plan to check drivers for proper licensing. Areas with checkpoints set up could delay drivers for a few minutes.
Any drivers caught driving drunk could go to jail, have their license suspended and pay fines up to $10,000.