DUI Checkpoint On Friday
updated: Mar 01, 2013, 1:00 PM
Source: Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department
The Goleta Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint on Friday March 1st, at an undisclosed location
within the city limits between the hours of 7:00 pm and 3:00 am.
The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed
and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop
by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough.
Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint and looking for signs of alcohol
and/or drug impairment. Officers will also check drivers for proper licensing and will strive to delay
motorists only momentarily. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate
those suspected of drug-impaired driving. People caught driving impaired can expect jail, license
suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses which
can exceed $10,000.
In 2011, nearly 10,000 people were killed nationally in motor vehicle traffic crashes that involved at
least one driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or higher. In California,
this deadly crime led to 774 deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver. "Since
2011, DUI collisions have claimed 3 lives and resulted in 48 crashes, injuring 27 of our friends and
neighbors in Goleta," said Sgt. Kevin Huddle of the Goleta Traffic Unit.
"DUI Checkpoints have been an essential part of the phenomenal reduction in DUI deaths that
we witnessed since 2006 in California," said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the Office of Traffic
Safety. "But since the tragedy of DUI accounts for nearly one third of traffic fatalities, Goleta needs
the high visibility enforcement and public awareness that checkpoints provide."
Funding for this checkpoint is provided to Goleta Police by a grant from the California Office of Traffic
Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to continue to
work together to bring an end to these tragedies. If you see a Drunk Driver - Call 9-1-1.
The City of Goleta contracts with the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office for police services.
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