Final DUI Arrest Totals
updated: Jan 02, 2013, 5:49 PM
Source: Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department
The 2012/13 Winter Holiday DUI Mobilization crackdown on impaired drivers has
ended and resulted in a significant number of DUI arrests from the Sobriety
Checkpoints, Special Saturation Patrols and routine patrol within Santa Barbara
County during the ‘AVOID the 12' DUI Campaign for the past 19 days.
From 12:01 AM Friday December 14th, through Midnight Tuesday January 1st, 2013
officers representing 12 county law enforcement agencies have arrested 147
individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In 2011/12 154
DUI arrests occurred during the same time period. During the 2012/13 winter
campaign, there was not a DUI related fatality! Last year there was one alcohol
related death during the year end campaign. (NOTE: These numbers are only
provisional with some agencies yet to report or Coroner reports pending.)
Law enforcement officials will be conducting more Avoid DUI operations
throughout the county during Super Bowl Sunday (February 3rd) and then again for
local St Patrick's Day Festivities in March. Police, Sheriff and the CHP
encourage all motorists to help law enforcement every day: Report Drunk Drivers
- Call 9-1-1 anytime you encounter an impaired driver.
DUI Checkpoints, along with regularly scheduled high visibility DUI enforcement,
are proven strategies with the goal of removing impaired drivers from the road
and heightening awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs
and alcohol. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA), sobriety checkpoint programs can yield considerable cost savings: $6
for every $1 spent.
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of
Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
‘AVOID the 12' is named for the 12 Law Enforcement agencies within Santa Barbara
County that work together to combat impaired driving.
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