The Santa Maria Police Department Traffic Bureau will conduct a DUI and driver's license checkpoint Friday from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and or drug impairment. They will also check for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily.

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

Funding for the checkpoint is provided to the Santa Maria Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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