One driver was cited for operating a vehicle unlicensed or while suspended/revoked during a nine-hour DUI and driver's license checkpoint conducted Friday night by the Santa Maria Police Department.

Of the 532 vehicles screened at 900 S. Broadway between 6 p.m. and 3 a.m., only one citation was issued, police said.

Officers were looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment and checking drivers for proper licensing.

The goal of the DUI checkpoint — one of many that were conducted this year — was to take impaired and unlicensed drivers off the streets and increase public awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

The Police Department will conduct another DUI checkpoint Jan. 27 at an undisclosed location.

Drivers caught impaired can expect a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

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In the past three years, the Police Department has investigated 275 DUI collisions, which have claimed two lives and resulted in another 43 injuries.

Funding for the checkpoint was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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