43 DUI Arrests
updated: Aug 20, 2012, 3:52 PM
Source: San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office
Police officers, deputy sheriffs and CHP officers throughout the county arrested
at least 43 people for suspicion of DUI during the first weekend of the Summer
DUI campaign. This number is provisional, as some agencies have yet to report
their DUI arrests. After the first three days last year there were 55 DUI
The Summer DUI campaign began last Friday, August 17th, and continues until
Monday, September 3rd. This DUI campaign is a state-wide enforcement effort
through the Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration in an effort to reduce the number of DUI related deaths and
injury collisions during this high-incident period.
There were no alcohol/drug-related fatalities during these three days. Last
year there was one fatality due to a driver under the influence of alcohol
during the campaign period.
Over the next two weeks all agencies will be continuing their extra enforcement
for DUI drivers, either through DUI checkpoints or saturation patrols. This
week there will be a court-sting operation and a DUI warrant sweep conducted in
the Santa Barbara area. A checkpoint is also scheduled in Goleta for this
Friday and in Santa Barbara next Friday.
"By means of educating the drivers," said Senior Deputy Jeff Farmer of the Santa
Barbara Sheriff's Office, "our goal is to reduce the number of impaired drivers
on the road. Driving impaired, whether by means of alcohol or drugs, is
completely avoidable. There are so many other options available rather than
driving when you are impaired."
The ‘Avoid the 12' grant is managed by the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office and
allows other agencies throughout the county funds to provide additional DUI
enforcement efforts. The ‘Avoid the 12' grant has been working in the county
for the past 7 years.
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 Officer of Traffic Safety, through the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
DUI arrest collection will continue through Labor Day, midnight Monday,
September 3, 2012.
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