DUI Checkpoint in Santa Barbara Thursday

By the Santa Barbara Police Department

On March 16th, 2023, the Santa Barbara Police Department will conduct a driving under the influence (DUI) checkpoint from 6 pm to 2 am at an undisclosed location.

DUI checkpoint locations are determined based on data showing incidents of impaired driving-related crashes. The primary purpose of DUI checkpoints are to promote public safety by taking suspected impaired drivers off the road.

“Impaired drivers put others on the road at significant risk,” Traffic investigator Kasper said. “Any prevention measures that reduce the number of impaired drivers on our roads significantly improves traffic safety.”

The Santa Barbara Police Department reminds the public that impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Some prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs may interfere with driving. While medicinal and recreational marijuana are legal, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal.

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.


Written by SBPDPIO

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  1. The checkpoint was set up between on Garden between Gutierrez and E Haley. Traffic coming from HWY 101 into Santa Barbara NOT traffic from Downtown to HWY 101 was stopped. IMHO the checkpoint was a absolute JOKE and waste of time. I for one would love to see the “data” that says this stretch of road has a lot of DUI crashes. My bet is that we could find crashes heading OUT of Downtown not INTO it with higher incidents of DUI crashes… Drivers coming from the Downtown bars and getting on HWY 101 should have been the target. Targeting drivers exiting HWY 101 at Garden seems a bit insane to me. Why not set up checkpoints on E Haley or Anapamu as drivers head to Garden and then HWY 101, or W Haley or Chapala as drivers head to HWY 101, or on another main thoroughfare from Downtown to HWY 101? A checkpoint in any of these areas would make more sense and keep drunk drivers off the road. This one was a total FAIL IMHO.

    • SBCOUNTYLOCAL – these things are usually a pretty big fail and, given the location choice of this one, I doubt they’re truly designed to do anything but rack up overtime hours. Why on earth would they be out looking for people driving IN to SB DT the night BEFORE St. Patrick’s Day? Wouldn’t tonight and located to catch people LEAVING SB DT be the better use of resources? Honestly, I don’t think these checkpoints provide much other than perhaps a deterrent to avoid all the very well known locations where they set these up, such as this one.
      Get out there and actually TRY to bust drunk drivers! It’s your job, cops!

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