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DUI Arrest Update
updated: Dec 25, 2012, 1:44 PM

Source: Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department


DUI Arrests Down & DUI Fatalities remain at zero

The Winter Holiday Anti-DUI crackdown has resulted in a significant number of DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special AVOID the 12 DUI deployments since the winter enforcement period started on Friday December 14th.

From 12:01 AM Friday December 14th through 12:01 AM Monday December 24th, officers representing 12 county law enforcement agencies have arrested 72 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In 2011, 90 DUI arrests occurred during the same time period. The inclement weather may be the cause of the reduction in the DUI arrests. (NOTE: These numbers are only provisional with some agencies yet to report)

All regularly scheduled traffic and patrol officers will focus efforts at stopping and arresting DUI drivers during their normal shifts. Multiple DUI/Driver's License Checkpoints, Multi Agency DUI Task Force operations and local Roving DUI patrols are all part of this region- wide crackdown during the 19 day Winter Holiday Campaign.

On Friday December 21st, AVOID sponsored a sobriety checkpoint in Lompoc. Here are the results from that checkpoint:

Vehicles Screened: 350
Driving Without a Valid Driver's License: 1
Driving with a suspended driver's license: 3
Vehicles Impounded for 30 days:1
Vehicles Impounded for 1 day: 1
Miscellaneous citations: 1

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 New Year's Weekend, midnight Sunday, January 1, 2013.

‘AVOID the 12' is named for the 12 Law Enforcement agencies within Santa Barbara County that work together to combat impaired driving.

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

 COMMENT 357323 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-25 01:53 PM

I wish they'd also work to improve public transportation to 24/7 service like other civilized communities. But I guess there's just too much money to be made off all the blood on the highway.


 COMMENT 357358P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-25 06:15 PM

23, thanks for the cheery sentiment. Care to offer a constructive plan? Because someone needs to come to the rescue of the bloody people when they get in their accidents, and that costs money.


 COMMENT 357360P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-25 06:34 PM

Oh please, 358p. Just because 23 doesn't have a plan, it's not a valid need??? Have you EVER had to rely on public transportation as your only option? Sure this isn't really the right thread for this, but it's incredibly naive to say that our public transportation system is anywhere even near adequate. We spend such a crazy amount of money on nitpicking for small violations, its absolutely insane. Instead of helping people, we're focused on catching every little thing wrong that they do...that's simply NOT a way to further society when it comes at the cost of cutting funding for other, more helpful programs.


 COMMENT 357362 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-25 06:44 PM

Every little thing they do wrong? Drunk driving should be charged as attempted murder.


 COMMENT 357374P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-25 08:08 PM

LIZBETH, two thumbs up and a hearty Amen!


 COMMENT 357375 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-25 08:19 PM

Why are there comments on these press releases? Just a forum for the usual holier-than-thou suspects to rant.


 COMMENT 357378 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-25 08:59 PM

I was the first commentator espousing public transportation. The majority of people would take a bus (or train) to their (often downtown) drinking place if they knew they would also be able to take said bus back when the bar closed.


 COMMENT 357385P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-26 01:15 AM

The responsibility should be solely with the drinker. Don't drink and drive. And buses should run just to transport those who go to bars and drink? How profitable would that be?


 COMMENT 357392 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-26 07:07 AM

Drunk driving as attempted murder would mean a sentence of 16 years to life. Absolutely brilliant. While you're at it, make driving while tired and driving while changing the radio at least a 25 year prison sentence. Life in prison for that would be a little harsh. Driving while elderly should be at least an infraction.

Here's the deal: No matter how stiff the punishment, some people will keep doing it. Getting angrier and angrier at them yields diminishing returns. Public transportation is not a perfect fix either but it does, in conjunction with dui law enforcement and greater public awareness, reduce the number of dui related accidents. Better public transportation would yield many other benefits.


 COMMENT 357398 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-26 07:28 AM

@392 you would not be saying that if your spouse or child where the one hit and killed.


 COMMENT 357399 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-26 07:36 AM

There is no excuse for driving under the influence, just selfish, incosiderate, irrresponsible individuals. Nothing "holier than thou" about it, just a baseline fact.


 COMMENT 357413 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-26 09:07 AM

My guess is that the people that are not hard core alcoholics or idiots have already stopped drinking and driving. That's why out of 350 drivers in Lompoc NONE were arrested for DUI. The ones that are still drinking and driving have serious mental health problems or addictions that they cannot control, and all the enforcement that we can afford will not prevent them from driving.

Maybe available treatment programs would help this situation, but maybe not. I doubt that jailing addicts is a helpful and cost effective way to solve this problem. You can make them install breathalyzer equipment on their cars but then they will borrow their friends' cars.


 COMMENT 357425 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-26 10:14 AM

bars should provide a ride or else don't serve someone into oblivion.


 COMMENT 357554 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-27 08:31 AM

Thanks for your brilliant female statement, LizBeth. Fine, let's make drunk driving the same as attempted murder. Then "driving while female" should be conspiracy to cause mayhem.


 COMMENT 357579 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-27 10:26 AM

If we are going to pay these cops overtime - - maybe they should be out looking for pangas filled with cocaine and illegals, just a thought...


 COMMENT 357580 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-27 10:26 AM

Our current DUI laws address a symptom, not a cause. To solve the problem, the cause must be addressed primarily, and the symptom secondarily.

Government officials have a vested interest ($$$) in NOT solving the DUI problem. This is the only area of law enforcement that significantly increases the law enforcement budget. Solve the problem, lose the money.


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