Santa Ana police will conduct a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint Friday evening at an undisclosed location in the city, the SAPD announced.

It will begin at 7 p.m. and run through 2 a.m. Saturday.

“The primary purpose of a DUI checkpoint is to deter impaired driving, not increase arrests,” the department said in a statement.

“All too often, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers. This DUI/driver’s license checkpoint is an effort to reduce those tragedies, as well as ensuring drivers have a valid driver’s license.”

The checkpoint will be staffed by officers trained to detect alcohol and drug impairment, who will provide on-the-spot assessments of drivers suspected of being under the influence.

“Our objective is to send a clear message to those who are considering driving a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol and/or drugs,” the department said.

That message, the SAPD said, is, “Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest/”

The department also encouraged the public to call 911 if they see a suspected impaired driver.

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

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