updated: Aug 21, 2014, 11:11 AM
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) will conduct a sobriety/driver license checkpoint on
Thursday, August 21, 2014, in the Santa Barbara City limits. Motorists approaching the
checkpoint will see informational signs advising them that a sobriety checkpoint is ahead. Once
diverted into the lane, motorists will be detained only a few moments while an officer explains
the purpose of the checkpoint and checks their driver license.
CHP sobriety checkpoints are conducted in accordance with the guidelines for checkpoint
operations outlined in the California Supreme Court decision, Ingersoll vs. Palmer.
Traffic volume permitting, all vehicles will be checked. If volume becomes too heavy, vehicles
to be checked will be selected by a pre-set standard (such as every 3rd
Placing checkpoints on roads identified with DUI problems and detaining drivers for a very
limited time help assure that the CHP conforms to the guidelines. Checkpoints tend to reduce
the number of impaired drivers on the road, even though arrest totals do not rise dramatically.
A major value of checkpoints is their psychological influence. The news media is advised well
in advance whenever a checkpoint is planned, since extensive publicity is also viewed as a legal
The checkpoint will be operated from 9:15 p.m. to 3:15 a.m. The CHP will generate an e-mail
and/or fax notification detailing the location of the checkpoint approximately two hours prior to
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