The Santa Maria Police Department will be conducting a sobriety and driver's license checkpoint tonight from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Motorists approaching the checkpoint will see signs advising them that a sobriety and drivers license checkpoint is ahead. Motorists will be detained momentarily while a Santa Maria police officer explains the purpose of the checkpoint, according a release from the department.
The detection and apprehension of drunk drivers and/or drug-impaired drivers is a crucial component of California's Traffic Safety Program, according to the department. The checkpoint will be placed on a road which the Santa Maria Police Department has identified as having a large number of drivers under the influence. Each driver stopped at the checkpoint will be checked.