Goleta DUI Checkpoint Planned Friday

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Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

The Goleta Police Department encourages everyone attending holiday parties and gatherings where alcohol may be involved to use a designated sober driver.

This holiday season, from December 13 th to New Year’s, the Goleta Police Department will have more officers on patrol looking for drivers suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. In addition, Goleta Police will hold a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint on December 13 th from 7:00pm to 3:00am at an undisclosed location in the city of Goleta.

“Unfortunately, this time of year is when we see more people driving impaired,” Sergeant John Maxwell said. “There is no excuse for driving after drinking or using drugs that impair. There are many ways to get home safely without driving.”

The Goleta Police Department reminds the public that impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs and marijuana can also impair, especially in combination with alcohol and other drugs.

So, if you are hosting a holiday party, offer non-alcoholic drinks for designated sober drivers and monitor how people are getting home. If someone has been drinking and tries to leave, offer to have them stay the night or take ride-share home.

Funding for this program is 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 County Sheriff’s Office for police services.

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NostraChumash Dec 13, 2019 10:33 AM
Goleta DUI Checkpoint Planned Friday

Correct..check-points, along with 90% of all other actions taken by our city leaders, is/are, illegal. The glue which holds their activities together is.. our silence. As citizens, we have forgotten our roles.. "They" work for "Us", not the other way.

Chip of SB Dec 13, 2019 01:36 PM
Goleta DUI Checkpoint Planned Friday

Agree 100%. Per the bill of rights: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." Stopping and searching people without probable cause or due process of law is absolutely illegal and un-American. I believe any law enforcement officer who participates in such a checkpoint is violating his oath to uphold the constitution. Unfortunately, the absoluteness of the bill of rights seems to be eroding. I think it is imperative that we apply the protections outlined in the bill of rights to 21st century technology. The bill of rights protects you in your car as much as it historically protected you in a stagecoach. It protects your activities on the internet, your electronic devices, etc.

a-1579440962 Dec 13, 2019 10:04 AM
Goleta DUI Checkpoint Planned Friday

These DUI "We scored a huge grant!" are a joke due to the long ago, legal bailout escape routes. They need to tighten these up so they are 100% effective. What a scam of taxpayers money in the form of LEO special funding deals.

sacjon Dec 13, 2019 10:15 AM
Goleta DUI Checkpoint Planned Friday

What bailout routes? Checkpoints will never be 100% effective by their very nature. They are immobile and highly visible. The results are ALWAYS paltry, because the best way to find drunks is patrolling, not sitting and waiting for them to come to you.

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