updated: Dec 20, 2012, 12:20 PM
Source: Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department
‘AVOID the 12' Targets Impaired Drivers with
Sobriety Checkpoint in Lompoc
Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over
Lompoc, CA - ‘AVOID the 12' will be conducting a DUI/Driver's License checkpoint
on Friday December 21st, at an undisclosed location within the city limits of Lompoc
between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. Checkpoints are placed in locations that
have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and
provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.
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.
All too often, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed on local
roadways by impaired drivers. "Over the course of the past year, DUI collisions have
claimed 9 lives and injured 248 people in Santa Barbara County," said Sgt. Kevin
Huddle of the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office.
This DUI/Driver's License 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 drug impaired and bring
about more awareness, encouraging everyone to use sober designated drivers.
Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic
Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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