DUI Patrols in Santa Barbara on May 5

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Source: Santa Barbara Police Department

Whether it is meeting with a small group of friends or holding a virtual get together, Santa Barbara Police Department encourages the public to celebrate the holiday responsibly by designating a sober driver.
 
May 5th, 2021; On Cinco de Mayo, the Santa Barbara Police Department will have additional Officers on patrol from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m. looking for drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
 
“Don’t ruin the celebrations by putting yourself and others at risk and driving impaired,” Sgt. S. Trujillo said. “If you’re planning on drinking, plan on getting a sober ride home.”
 
The Santa Barbara Police Department also reminds the public that in addition to alcohol, drugs may also impair, including marijuana. Always be sure to check your medications and avoid driving after use if there is a “do not operate heavy machinery,” “may cause drowsiness” or other warning label.
 
Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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RHS May 04, 2021 06:24 PM
DUI Patrols in Santa Barbara on May 5

What nonsense. The stereo type of immigrants celebrating a Mexican non-holiday is absurd. I wonder where this road block will set up?

a-1620211276 May 05, 2021 03:41 AM
DUI Patrols in Santa Barbara on May 5

I don't see an immigrant stereotype in play here; most everyone, though, is familiar with the stereotypical Americans, especially the young un's, using holidays like this and St. Patrick's day as an excuse to get drunk and be stupid.

edney May 05, 2021 08:53 PM
DUI Patrols in Santa Barbara on May 5

What?
"The stereo type of immigrants celebrating a Mexican non-holiday is absurd"
Have you ever been to Puebla on Cinco de Mayo? I have.
Every school in Mexico teaches the defeat of the colonizing French in Puebla.
The people who immigrated to the US from Puebla continued their tradition of celebration and it caught on. It was a great victory, in a battle that could have changed the whole history of Mexico. Its not Mexican Independence day, more of a comparison to the US expelling British forces in the War of 1812. Independence secured.

edney May 05, 2021 09:01 PM
DUI Patrols in Santa Barbara on May 5

For Cinco de Mayo, I'd set up on State Street and also on the routes in and out of IV.
If the Mexican National team wins the World Cup, I'd set up on Salinas, Milpas, San Andres, Hollister in Old Town Goleta. Coast Village Road in Montecito? Not so much.
Lets say Warren Buffet dies tomorrow... do cops set up on Coast Village for a DUI checkpoint?
If not, what is your trigger for a DUI checkpoint on CVR?

sacjon May 04, 2021 06:34 PM
DUI Patrols in Santa Barbara on May 5

10 hours of standing around hoping a drunk driver will show up instead of going out looking for them at large parties, bars, liquor stores, etc. What a joke.

edney May 05, 2021 09:05 PM
DUI Patrols in Santa Barbara on May 5

That is why they set their "nets' at points of egress rather than at the individual party, bar, store.
An individual cop can stop one while 20 drive past.
Lets say your survey says the fish pass through this gap in the reef... your strategy is to post up on individual rocks

sacjon May 05, 2021 09:11 AM
DUI Patrols in Santa Barbara on May 5

9:02 - Waze, facebook, text message chains, group emails..... Yeah, all these checkpoints get pretty quickly announced by those who see them. Yet another reason, in this day and age especially, they are useless and nothing more than overtime money makers for cops who don't want to actively patrol for criminals.

garyes May 05, 2021 09:24 AM
DUI Patrols in Santa Barbara on May 5

The text of the article says there will be more officers on patrol during the time period, but nothing about a checkpoint. Which is correct, the headline or the article?

sacjon May 05, 2021 11:31 AM
DUI Patrols in Santa Barbara on May 5

CCMAN - who cares? The fact remains that checkpoints are pretty useless, whether or not this specific announcement is about one. Good on the cops to actually get out there and patrol!

CCMan May 06, 2021 02:13 PM
DUI Patrols in Santa Barbara on May 5

Let's go with data and facts, not opinions. DUI Checkpoints vs. DUI Patrols - two different tactics with two different expected outcomes.

Checkpoints are highly visible, highly publicized events meant to deter drinking and driving in the first place. Checkpoints have been shown to have the potential to lower DUI fatality rates by up to 20 percent by virtue of their deterrence. People go through them, drive past them, hear about them via multiple grapevines and get the ongoing impression that drunk driving is dangerous, socially unacceptable, and that law enforcement is actively looking for it.

Patrols are meant to catch active drunks, get them off the streets and prosecute them. Patrols have little deterrent value, but high enforcement value. They are both good tactics and both should be in the arsenal of DUI combating tactics, along with others. In terms of catching drunks, nothing beats patrols. In terms of saving lives, nothing beats checkpoints.

CCMan May 06, 2021 02:13 PM
DUI Patrols in Santa Barbara on May 5

Let's go with data and facts, not opinions. DUI Checkpoints vs. DUI Patrols - two different tactics with two different expected outcomes.

Checkpoints are highly visible, highly publicized events meant to deter drinking and driving in the first place. Checkpoints have been shown to have the potential to lower DUI fatality rates by up to 20 percent by virtue of their deterrence. People go through them, drive past them, hear about them via multiple grapevines and get the ongoing impression that drunk driving is dangerous, socially unacceptable, and that law enforcement is actively looking for it.

Patrols are meant to catch active drunks, get them off the streets and prosecute them. Patrols have little deterrent value, but high enforcement value. They are both good tactics and both should be in the arsenal of DUI combating tactics, along with others. In terms of catching drunks, nothing beats patrols. In terms of saving lives, nothing beats checkpoints.

cwazny May 06, 2021 03:17 PM
DUI Patrols in Santa Barbara on May 5

SACK - Nice attempt at backtracking on your lame comments. Next time, actually read the article. Hahahahahaha.

sacjon May 06, 2021 04:16 PM
DUI Patrols in Santa Barbara on May 5

CCMAN - how are your "facts" any more than opinions themselves? Here's a fact for you: in Goleta and SB, every time there is a checkpoint, people post it all over social media so it's pretty easy to avoid, therefore no deterrent effect. No one thinks drunk driving is OK until they see a checkpoint. How stupid do you think your fellow citizens are?

Look, you can disagree with me on your opinion that checkpoints educate and deter, but they're only your opinions, not "facts."

cwazny May 07, 2021 10:51 AM
DUI Patrols in Santa Barbara on May 5

SACK - You clearly backtracked on your knee-jerk reaction to an article that you clearly didn't read, or completely failed to understand. If that's not the case, then you're just posting random comments on unrelated articles. Either way... Lame...

CCMan May 07, 2021 03:31 PM
DUI Patrols in Santa Barbara on May 5

SACJON - Because my "facts" are backed up by over20 separate research studies from real-world enforcements across many states and countries with various laws and various checkpoint procedures. Post campaign fatal crash rate reduction varied across venues and time, with a low decrease of 3 percent up to a high decrease of 24 percent, with an average 18-20 percent.

Voice of Reason May 07, 2021 03:52 PM
DUI Patrols in Santa Barbara on May 5

Sac, your comment that checkpoints are "useless and nothing more than overtime money makers for cops" may stand in your head but isn't based in reality. As CCMAN points out, the DUI checkpoints have a proven deterrent effect. In addition to the deterrent effect, they actually do catch drunk drivers at the check points even with "Waze, facebook, text message chains, group emails....".

garyes May 05, 2021 11:27 AM
DUI Patrols in Santa Barbara on May 5

Someone at edhat didn't read the article carefully and made up the now-corrected headline. You can't blame people for reading and believing the headline and only skimming the article.

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