DUi Checkpoint in Goleta on Friday

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Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

The Goleta Police Department will hold a DUI Checkpoint April 23, 2021 from 6:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. at an undisclosed location within the City of Goleta. Checkpoint locations are chosen based on a history of DUI crashes and arrests. The primary purpose of checkpoints is not to make arrests, but to promote public safety by deterring drivers from driving impaired. During the checkpoint, officers will look for signs that drivers are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

The Goleta Police Department is committed to keeping the traveling public safe. “The safety of our community is and always will be our mission,” Senior Deputy Jeff Farmer said. “We are looking for impaired drivers because driving under the influence is dangerous and puts others on the road at risk.”

The Goleta Police Department reminds the public that impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Some prescription medications or over-the-counter drugs may interfere with driving. Always follow directions for use and read warning labels about driving or “operating heavy machinery,” which includes driving a car. While medicinal and recreational marijuana are legal, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal. If you plan on drinking or taking medications that may impact your ability to drive safely, plan on staying at home.

Drivers charged with a first-time DUI face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The City of Goleta contracts with the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement services.

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Chip of SB Apr 22, 2021 10:31 AM
DUi Checkpoint in Goleta on Friday

I’m surprised that checkpoints like this are not being used to enforce Covid restrictions. Covid is far more dangerous to the public than drunk driving. Checkpoints could be an effective tool to stop people from traveling for non-approved purposes. In addition, checkpoints could be used to make sure there are not too many people in the same vehicle, or people from different households. They could also be used to ensure that everyone is equipped with a legal face covering. So many people are coming up from LA and other out of area locations for no good reason and putting us at risk. Checkpoints would discourage this and would make sure those who are traveling have the necessary authorization and paperwork required to do so as well as proper PPE. Given that covid is so much more of a threat to public health than drunk driving, I just do t understand why these precious resources have not been redirected to enforce covid restrictions in order to achieve a greater public health benefit.

Basicinfo805 Apr 23, 2021 09:30 PM
DUi Checkpoint in Goleta on Friday

But what would they enforce? You don't need a face covering inside your own car Chip. I know your being sarcastic. I get that, but don't get your attempt at making a point at all.

localSBtown Apr 23, 2021 09:41 AM
DUi Checkpoint in Goleta on Friday

I hope that this is a joke! What are approved purposes at this point? I think that you are decribing Gustapo policing??

a-1619116751 Apr 22, 2021 11:39 AM
DUi Checkpoint in Goleta on Friday

Every once in a while, your feeble attempts at satire show flashes of sanity. Totally involuntarily, of course.

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