press release - 08261302

Summer / Labor Day AVOID The 12 DUI Campaign - UPDATE2

Santa Barbara County- August 26th, 2013

The Summer/Labor Day National Anti-DUI crackdown has resulted in a significant number of DUI arrests thus far, from local routine traffic enforcement and special ‘AVOID the 12’  DUI deployments in Santa Barbara County.

  From 12:01 AM Friday August 16, 2013 through 6:00 AM Monday August 26, 2013 officers representing 12 county law enforcement agencies have arrested 110 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. (**NOTE: These numbers are only provisional with some agencies yet to report**)

On Thursday August 22, CHP conducted a sobriety checkpoint in the city of Santa Barbara, where 11 DUI drivers were arrested. On Friday, August 23, the Goleta Traffic Unit conducted a DUI / Driver’s License Checkpoint in the city of Goleta where 3 DUI drivers were arrested. On Saturday August 24, there was a DUI Task Force in Santa Barbara and DUI saturation patrols in Goleta and Isla Vista.  5 DUI drivers were arrested during those two operations.

‘AVOID the 12’ will conduct two sobriety checkpoints in the City of Santa Barbara, one on Friday August 30, and the second on Saturday August 31.

Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail time, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, court probation and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

This sobriety checkpoint is an effort to reduce those tragedies and officers will be checking drivers for proper licensing.   A major component of these checkpoints is the deterrent effect it has on those who might drive drunk or drugged impaired and bring about more awareness, encouraging everyone to use sober designated drivers. 

 Extra DUI Saturation Patrols will be deployed in all of the cities in Santa Barbara County this coming Labor Day weekend.

The ‘Avoid the 12’ grant is managed by the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office and allows other agencies throughout the county funds to provide additional DUI enforcement efforts.  The ‘Avoid the 12’ grant has been working in the county for the past 8 years.

Police, Sheriff and the CHP encourage all motorists to help make your community safer: Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911.  Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

DUI arrest data collection will continue through Labor Day midnight Monday, September 2, 2013.  Avoid programs, named for the number of police agencies in each county, Multiple/DUI Driver’s License Checkpoints, Multi Agency DUI Task Force operations and local Roving DUI patrols are set region wide during 18 day Summer/Labor Day Campaign.



For more information contact:
Sergeant Kevin Huddle
Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office
Office (805) 961-7516

Business Hours: (805) 681-4100

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