Old Spanish Days Fiesta: Public Safety Reminders
Source: Santa Barbara Police Department
Santa Barbara Police would like to remind the community about some key safety topics during our Fiesta celebration.
Fiesta Police Presence
Santa Barbara Police are expecting a large influx of people into the City during this week for the Old Spanish Days-Fiesta annual celebration. Additional Officers will be assigned to foot patrols along the State Street Promenade and Funk Zone.
There will also be additional traffic patrols throughout the City starting Wednesday, August 4, through Sunday, August 8, 2021. These Officers’ primary duty is to prevent collisions and DUIs throughout the week. We request all those driving, bicycling, and walking within the community to abide by traffic laws. Please have a sober driver, utilize taxis, or use ride-share services if you are consuming alcoholic beverages. If you see an impaired driver call 9-1-1.
No Alcoholic Beverages or Smoking in Public
Though State Street has been reconfigured into a Promenade, it is important to remember it is still a public thoroughfare and open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on any public street or sidewalk. Exemptions include those restaurants that have an alcohol beverage sale license permitting them to serve patrons while they are customers of those establishments. Santa Barbara Municipal Code 9.05.010 prohibits the consumption or possession of any open alcoholic beverage upon any public street, sidewalk, parking lot, or alley. Citations could be issued as a result of possessing an open alcoholic beverage or consuming an alcoholic beverage in public.
Smoking and electronic cigarettes are also prohibited on the State Street Promenade per Municipal Code 9.20.020. Santa Barbara aims to be a “smoke-free” city to protect the health, safety and well-being for all.
All parking enforcement rules and regulations including timed zones will be enforced throughout the week. If you are participating in the Fiesta celebration for an extended period of time, you are encouraged to utilize one of the City’s downtown parking lots or garages, where you receive the first 75 minutes of parking free.