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DUI Checkpoints
updated: Dec 08, 2012, 4:20 PM

Source: Santa Barbara Police Department

The Santa Barbara Police Department will be conducting DUI Checkpoints in the City of Santa Barbara on the following dates and times. Driver's licenses will be checked at these checkpoints.

Friday December 14, 2012: 6 pm to 2 am

Saturday December 15, 2012: 6 pm to 2 am

The Santa Barbara Police Department encourages everyone to drink responsibly, pre-arrange for a ride home, designate a driver and understand that every officer will be diligently looking for the impaired driver. Additionally, DUI enforcement officers will be on patrol throughout the weekend and we would prefer to arrest the DUI driver than to find them in a collision.

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

Additionally, we encourage everyone to report the suspected impaired driver by calling "911." Doing so could save the life of a loved one. Don't drink and drive!

Comments in order of when they were received | (reverse order)

 COMMENT 351840P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-09 04:13 AM

I have never quite understood why they announce this?
Don't they want to surprise people? I know they didn't give
the exact location but still.


 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-09 08:02 AM

Even if they gave the exact location drunkin idoits would show up..


 COMMENT 351930 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-09 10:33 AM

I don't like drunk drivers on the road, but I also don't like the idea of being stopped and scutinized without cause (and I never drink). Furthermore, some of the drivers stopped and scrutinized will have been drinking prudently but still be subjected to a field sobriety test and breathylizer; the former a public spectacle and the latter prone to calibration error. All of this to great taxpayer expense.


 COMMENT 351949 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-09 11:55 AM

840P, they are required to announce this by law. I remember hearing that they were also required to announce the location (which they never do) and possibly put up signs stating there is a check point ahead (they set up road work ahead signs). I also remember reading somewhere, but I do not know where, that the DUI check points do nothing to deter drunk drivers. Perhaps they would be more deterred if they knew about the check points in advanced?


 COMMENT 351965 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-09 12:53 PM

Didn't catch me last night ...


 COMMENT 352255 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-10 11:41 AM

I plan on drinking until 2:30!


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