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Labor Day/Summer DUI Mobilization Campaign
updated: Aug 14, 2014, 3:30 PM

Source: SB Sheriff's Office

Lead Up to Labor Day Brings DUI Crackdown to Santa Barbara County

Avoid the 12 DUI Task Force Reminds Everyone to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Santa Barbara, CA - Labor Day weekend is coming up. For many Americans, that means an extra day off, backyard and beach barbecues, visiting friends and family, and the unofficial end of the summer season. Unfortunately, it also means a sharp increase in drunk-driving-related fatalities. Starting August 15 and continuing through September 1, local police, sheriff and the CHP will be aggressively targeting drunk and drugged drivers as part of a nationwide effort to end impaired driving and save lives. The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign will pair increased public awareness with high-visibility enforcement, resulting in fewer drunk drivers on Santa Barbara County roads.

The Avoid the 12 DUI Task Force will be aggressively looking for impaired drivers throughout the region with plans in place for 2 DUI/Driver's License Checkpoints, a Multi-Agency Strike Team, 12 local roving DUI Saturation Patrols, a DUI Warrant/Probation Sweep and a DUI Court Sting targeting suspended drivers who were ordered by the judge not to drive. (**See attached Schedule of Operations for the 18 Day Mobilization for dates and city locations)

For Friday, August 15th a DUI/DL Checkpoint will be conducted in the Cities of Goleta and Lompoc between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m.

For Saturday, August 16th, a DUI/DL Checkpoint will be conducted in the cities of Santa Barbara, Lompoc and Santa Maria between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m.

"It's tragic how many people lose their lives to drunk driving," said Senior Deputy Jeff Farmer of the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office. "If the news reported that more than 10,000 people were killed in a preventable crime spree, the American public would be outraged." The Avoid the 12 - Santa Barbara County DUI Task Force will be joining the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign and will arrest anyone caught driving drunk. No tolerance, no excuses.

In 2012, there were 10,322 people killed in drunk-driving crashes in the United States. Over Labor Day weekend that year, 147 lost their lives to a drunk driver, more than a third (38 percent) of all traffic fatalities that weekend.

Out of all the crash fatalities that weekend, one in four were attributed to drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of .15 percent or higher - almost twice the legal limit in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Every 51 minutes, someone is killed in a drunk-driving crash. Over the Labor Day weekend, those fatalities increase to one every 34 minutes. Nighttime is especially dangerous; almost half (46 percent) of the fatalities in nighttime crashes over the Labor Day weekend involved a driver with a BAC of .08 or higher, compared to 25 percent in daytime fatal crashes.

Young drivers are overrepresented in drunk-driving crashes, too. Among drivers between the ages of 18 and 34 killed in motor vehicle crashes during the 2012 Labor Day weekend, almost half (48 percent) had a .08 percent BAC or higher. For drivers under 21, anything above a BAC of .00 is illegal.

"Driving drunk is totally inexcusable," said Senior Deputy Jeff Farmer. "We're hoping that Santa Barbara County drivers get the message and take some simple steps to prevent a tragedy. There's always another way home." Avoid the 12 DUI Taskforce is reminding drivers to plan ahead and designate a sober driver before attending any events where alcohol will be served. "Planning a sober ride home, whether it's a friend, a taxi, or public transportation, is the right choice," added Jeff Farmer.

This Labor Day weekend don't let the festivities turn into fatalities. Remember that, aside from the obvious risks of killing yourself or someone else, driving impaired can also lead to serious punitive consequences. A DUI arrest can mean time in jail, loss of your license, and steep financial expenses; the average DUI can cost up to $10,000.

Avoid the 12 DUI Task Force funding is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration who reminds everyone; Report Drunk Drivers! - Call 9-1-1. The Office of Traffic Safety is offering a free mobile app - DDVIPCA.COM - aimed at thanking the sober designated driver with perks and free offers at area bars and restaurants.

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Avoid the 12 - Santa Barbara County DUI Mobilization Schedule of Operations

Santa Barbara, CA - The Santa Barbara County Avoid the 12 Task Force is announcing its upcoming enforcement operations for the Summer/Labor Day Holiday DUI Campaign. The following schedule of operations, dates, and locations are provided for media release except the EMBAROGED activities.

Wed, Aug 20th, Warrant/Probation Sweep, City of Goleta/Santa Barbara EMBARGOED Fri, Aug 15th, DUI/DL Checkpoint 1800-0300 hrs, City of Goleta (SBSO grant) Fri, Aug 15th, DUI/DL Checkpoint, 1800-0300 hrs, City of Lompoc (LPD grant) Sat, Aug 16th, DUI/DL Checkpoint, 1800-0300 hrs, City of Lompoc (LPD grant) Sat, Aug 16th, DUI/DL Checkpoint, 1800-0300 hrs, City of Santa Maria (SMPD grant) Sat, Aug 16th, DUI/DL Checkpoint, 1800-0300 hrs, City of Santa Maria (Avoid) Sat, Aug 16th, DUI/DL Checkpoint, 1800-0300 hrs, City of Santa Barbara (SBPD grant) Sun, Aug 17th, DUI/DL Checkpoint, 1800-0300 hrs, City of Santa Barbara (SBPD grant) Sun, Aug 17th, DUI/DL Checkpoint, 1800-0300 hrs, City of Lompoc (LPD grant) Wed, Aug 20th, DUI Saturation Patrol, 1900-0300 hrs, City of Lompoc (Avoid) Fri, Aug 22nd, DUI Task Force Operation, 1800-0300 hrs, City of Santa Barbara (Avoid) Sat, Aug 23rd, DUI/DL Checkpoint, 1800-0300 hrs, City of Lompoc (LPD grant) Sat, Aug 23rd, DUI Saturation Patrol, 1900-0300 hrs, City of Goleta/Santa Barbara (Avoid) Sat, Aug 23rd, DUI/DL Checkpoint, 1800-0300 hrs, City of Santa Barbara (SBPD grant) Sun, Aug 24th, DUI/DL Checkpoint, 1800-0300 hrs, City of Santa Barbara (SBPD grant) Thur, Aug 28th, DUI Saturation Patrol, 1900-0300 hrs, City of Lompoc (Avoid) Fri, Aug 29th, DUI/DL Checkpoint, 1800-0300 hrs, City of Santa Maria (SMPD grant) Fri, Aug 29th, DUI/DL Checkpoint, 1800-0300 hrs, City of Santa Maria (Avoid) Sat, Aug 30th, DUI Saturation Patrol, 1900-0300 hrs, City of Goleta/Santa Barbara (Avoid) TBD - DUI Saturation Patrol, 1900-0300 hrs, City of Santa Barbara (Avoid) TBD - DUI Saturation Patrol, 1900-0300 hrs, City of Santa Barbara (Avoid) TBD - DUI Saturation Patrol, 1900-0300 hrs, UCSB (Avoid) TBD - DUI Saturation Patrol, 1900-0300 hrs, UCSB (Avoid) TBD - DUI Saturation Patrol, 1900-0300 hrs, City of Guadalupe (Avoid) TBD - DUI Saturation Patrol, 1900-0300 hrs, City of Guadalupe (Avoid)

Statistical data on the number of DUI arrests and DUI fatal crashes will be released from the previous day's activities throughout the holiday campaign. Media Notes: Reporters are invited to ride along with law enforcement or may join Task Force & checkpoint operations in your region throughout the Campaign by contacting the PIO contact listed above.

Funding for the "Avoid" program is provided by a grant form the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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