Santa Barbara County DUI Checkpoint Press Releases

Being arrested for driving under the influence in Santa Barbara County can be stressful. From heavy fines to long license suspensions, it is recommended that you hire a reputable California DUI Defense Lawyer who understands the DUI case process and will be able to give you the best possible representation.  The information below is designed to provide you with an idea of previous and current DUI sobriety checkpoints that have or are occurring in Santa Barbara County. 

Lompoc - June 15, 2012

Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough.Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment.

Lompoc: 6pm-12am - undisclosed location

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Santa Barbara County - May 25-28, 2012

The Avoid the 12 DUI Campaign will be deploying officers this holiday weekend at DUI/Drivers License Checkpoints and DUI Saturation Patrols countywide to arrest impaired drivers who still don't get the message. 

The Memorial Day weekend is the first holiday travel period of the summer season and this, coupled with many college and high school graduations, will see friends and families gathering to celebrate, often with alcohol. Law enforcement is reminding everyone to make plans now for those weekend trips and celebrations to use a 'Designated Driver' to avert arrest or worse, a deadly drunk driving tragedy.

Friday, May 25

Carpinteria: 7pm-3am - undisclosed location 

DUI roving patrols: Goleta, Guadalupe, Lompoc, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria and UCSB

Santa Barbara: 6pm-2am - undisclosed location 

Saturday, May 26

DUI roving patrols: Goleta, Guadalupe, Lompoc, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria and UCSB

Santa Barbara: 6pm-2am - undisclosed location 

Sunday, May 27

DUI roving patrols: Goleta, Guadalupe, Lompoc, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria and UCSB

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Goleta - May 18, 2012

Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail time, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, court probation and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

Goleta: 7pm-3am - undisclosed location 
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Lompoc - May 11, 2012

Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Officers will also check for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily.

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

Friday, May 11

Lompoc: 6pm-12am - undisclosed location 

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Lompoc - April 14, 2012

The Lompoc Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and midnight.

DUI checkpoints are a proven enforcement tool effective in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes.

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Lompoc - March 30, 2012

DUI checkpoints are a proven enforcement tool effective in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough.

Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Officers will also check for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

Lompoc - 6pm-12am - undisclosed location

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Santa Barbara - March 23-25, 2012

SANTA BARBARA, CA - The Santa Barbara Police Department will be conducting DUI Checkpoints in the City of Santa Barbara on the following dates and times. Driver's licenses will be checked at these checkpoints.

Friday March 23, 2012: 6 pm to 2 am

Saturday March 24, 2012: 6 pm to 2 am

The Santa Barbara Police Department encourages everyone to drink responsibly, pre-arrange for a ride home, designate a driver and understand that every officer will be diligently looking for the impaired driver. Additionally, DUI enforcement officers will be on patrol throughout the weekend and we would prefer to arrest the DUI driver than to find them in a collision.

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

Additionally, we encourage everyone to report the suspected impaired driver by calling "911."

Doing so could save the life of a loved one. Don't drink and drive!

Provided by the Santa Barbara Police Department.

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Goleta - February 24, 2012

The Goleta Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on February 24, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.

Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, court probation and other expenses that can exceed $10,000. All too often, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers. "Over the course of the past year, DUI collisions have claimed 3 lives and resulted in 24 wrecks injuring 18 of our friends and neighbors in Goleta," said Sgt. Kevin Huddle of the Goleta Traffic Unit. This DUI/Drivers License checkpoint is an effort to reduce those tragedies and officers will be checking drivers for proper licensing. A major component of these checkpoints is the deterrent effect it has on those who might drive drunk or drugged impaired and bring about more awareness, encouraging everyone to use sober designated drivers.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent. Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Provided by an article on EdHat.com

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Goleta - February 10, 2012

The City of Goleta Police Department will conduct a sobriety and driver's license checkpoint on Friday February 10, 2012, from 7:00 pm to 3:00 am within the City of Goleta, where a significant number of DUI related collisions and DUI arrests have occurred. Officers will screen drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of impairment and for a valid driver's license. Drivers found to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be arrested; unlicensed drivers will be cited and may have their cars towed.

"DUI arrests can be embarrassing and expensive, but they're easy to prevent," said Chief of Police Butch Arnoldi. "If you're drinking, hand your keys over to a designated sober driver, or call a taxi or sober friend for a ride home. Don't risk an arrest or worse, a serious injury or even death."

Provided by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department. 
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Santa Barbara - January 20 - 22, 2012

The Santa Barbara Police Department will be conducting DUI Checkpoints in the City of Santa Barbara on the following dates and times. Driver's licenses will be checked at these checkpoints.

Friday January 20, 2012, 6 pm to 2 am

Sunday January 22, 2012, 6 pm to 2 am

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Lompoc - January 20, 2012

The Lompoc Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on Friday, January 20, 2012 at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and midnight.


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Santa Barbara County - October 28 - 31st, 2011

As party-going ghosts and goblins celebrate Halloween this October, the Avoid the 12, Santa Barbara County DUI Task Force reminds everyone to keep the party off the road.  The Santa Barbara and Lompoc Police Departments will be providing additional officers to work DUI Saturation Patrols in Goleta for Halloween weekend. They will be out in force looking to stop and arrest 'Drunk' or 'Buzzed' drivers.  Additionally, every patrol officer and traffic officer on routine patrol countywide will be on alert for the tell-tale signs of impairment. 

"There isn't a Halloween costume clever enough to hide an impaired driver who's made the poor decision to get behind the wheel," said Senior Deputy Jeff Farmer of the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office. "Whether you've had one too many or way too many it is just not worth the risk. Remember, Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving."

Nighttime is an especially dangerous time to be on the road. But this weekend and Halloween night is one of the deadliest times of the year for impaired drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 48 percent of all highway fatalities across the nation on Halloween night (6 p.m. Oct. 31 to 5:59 a.m. Nov. 1) in 2009 involved a driver or a motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or higher.

"Far too many people spend hours and hours preparing their Halloween costumes and party plans," said Senior Deputy Farmer.   "But too often impaired drivers never plan ahead for their Designated Driver and end up making the roads scarier than a horror show."

DUI Checkpoints along with regularly scheduled high visibility DUI enforcement serves as a proven deterrent with the goal of removing impaired drivers and heightened awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

The Avoid the 12 DUI Task Force recommends these simple tips for a safe Halloween celebration:           

  • Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.
  • Before drinking, designate a sober, 'Non Drinking' driver.
  • If you're impaired, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.
  • If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don't hesitate to Report Drunk Drivers, Call 911.
  • And remember, Friends Don't Let Friends Drive Drunk.  If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

Santa Maria - September 23, 2011

The Santa Maria Police Department will be on the lookout for impaired and unlicensed drivers at a checkpoint from Friday at 6 p.m. to Saturday at 1 a.m.

The checkpoint will be set up on a roadway within city limits that is notorious for arrests and collisions involving drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Officers will screen drivers passing through the checkpoint for sobriety and valid licenses. Those found to be under the influence will be arrested and unlicensed drivers will be cited and their vehicles will be impounded.

Funding for the checkpoints is provided from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the national Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

Provided by the Santa Maria Times.

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Buellton - September 10, 2011

A drunken-driving and driver's license checkpoint will be held Saturday night in the Buellton area, the California Highway Patrol announced.

From 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, CHP officers will check every driver stopped at the checkpoint. Officials do not announce the specific location of checkpoints in advance.

The program is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Provided by the San Ynez Valley News.

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Santa Barbara - September 3, 2011

otorists approaching the checkpoint will see informational signs advising them that a sobriety checkpoint is ahead. Once diverted into the lane, motorists will be detained only a few moments while an officer explains the purpose of the checkpoint and checks their driver license.

CHP sobriety checkpoints are conducted in accordance with the guidelines for checkpoint operations outlined in the California Supreme Court decision, Ingersoll vs. Palmer.

Traffic volume permitting, all vehicles will be checked. If volume becomes too heavy, vehicles to be checked will be selected by a pre-set standard (such as every 3rd, 5th, or 10th vehicle) to assure objectivity.

Placing checkpoints on roads identified with DUI problems and detaining drivers for a very limited time help assure that the  CHPconforms to the guidelines. Checkpoints tend to reduce the number of drinking drivers on the road, even though arrest totals do not rise dramatically. A major value of checkpoints is their psychological influence. The news media is advised well in advance whenever a checkpoint is planned, since extensive publicity is also viewed as a legal safeguard.

The checkpoint will be operated from 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. The CHPwill generate an e-mail and/or fax notification detailing the location of the checkpoint approximately two hours prior to the opening.

Provided by the Santa Barbara Independent. 

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Lompoc  - August 29 & August 31, 2011

Lompoc Police Department today announced it will join nearly 10,000 other law enforcement agencies nationwide in support of an intensive crackdown on impaired driving August 19 - September 5, known as "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over."

Two DUI/Driver's License Checkpoints are scheduled for August 29 & 31, 2011 at undisclosed locations within the city limit beginning at 6:00 PM in partnership with law enforcement nationwide during the Summer/Labor Day Campaign.  

The crime of impaired driving is a serious one. In 2009 alone, 10,839 people died in crashes in which a driver or motorcycle rider was at or above the legal limit, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The age group with the highest percentage of alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes was the 21-to-24 age group.

"All too often, innocent, law-abiding people suffer tragic consequences and the loss of loved ones due to this careless disregard for human life. Because we're committed to ending the carnage, we're intensifying enforcement during the crackdown. Since twice as many alcohol-impaired accidents occur over the weekend

and four times as many occur at night, we will be especially vigilant during these high-risk times when impaired drivers are most likely to be on our roads," said Police Chief Timothy Dabney, Lompoc Police Department.

Santa Barbara County Avoid the 12 Task Force will also deploy DUI Driver's License Checkpoints, Multi

Agency DUI Task Force operations and local Roving DUI patrols during 18 day Summer/Labor Day Campaign.

"Our message is simple and unwavering: if we find you driving impaired, we will arrest you. No exceptions," said Chief Dabney "Even if you beat the odds and manage to walk away from an impaired-driving crash alive, the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired can still destroy your life."

According to Lompoc PD, violators will face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, or being sentenced to use ignition interlocks. Their insurance rates go up. Other financial hits include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job or job prospects. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators can also face tremendous personal embarrassment and humiliation.

Provided by the Lompoc Police Department.
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Santa Barbara County
- August 26, 2011


Avoid the 12, the county's multi-jurisdictional crackdown on DUI suspects, plans four sobriety and driver's license checkpoints for this weekend.

 

It is six days into an 18-day summer DUI mobilization that will run through the Labor Day weekend. The mobilization is national and is tagged "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over."

 

Senior Deputy Jeff Farmer of the Sheriff's Office said that Santa Barbara police will hold one on Friday night, with another by the Santa Maria Area Command of the California Highway Patrol.

 

Goleta will be the site of another checkpoint from 8 p.m. on Saturday to 3 a.m. on Sunday.

 

Santa Barbara police will run a second checkpoint on Sunday from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

 

None of the departments will announce locations.

 

"We talk a lot about driving drunk," Farmer said.

 

"The other side of that is riding with a drunk driver. Don't believe anyone who's been drinking when they tell you they're fine to drive. Get out of the car. Call a cab. Hop on a bus or arrange a safe ride home with a stone-cold sober driver. Try to keep this person from driving," he remarked.

 

The California Office of Traffic Safety funds Avoid the 12 through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Provided by an article on Edhat Santa Barbara

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Lompoc - August 19th & 20th, 2011

The Lompoc Police Department today announced it will join nearly 10,000 other law enforcement agencies nationwide in support of an intensive crackdown on impaired driving August 19 - September 5, known as "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over." Two DUI/Driver's License Checkpoints are scheduled for Friday and Saturday August 19 & 20, 2011 at an undisclosed location within the city limits beginning at 6:00 PM in partnership with law enforcement nationwide during the Summer/Labor Day Campaign.  

 

The crime of impaired driving is a serious one. In 2009 alone, 10,839 people died in crashes in which a driver or motorcycle rider was at or above the legal limit, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The age group with the highest percentage of alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes was the 21-to-24 age group.

 

"All too often, innocent, law-abiding people suffer tragic consequences and the loss of loved ones due to this careless disregard for human life. Because we're committed to ending the carnage, we're intensifying enforcement during the crackdown. Since twice as many alcohol-impaired accidents occur over the weekend and four times as many occur at night, we will be especially vigilant during these high-risk times when impaired drivers are most likely to be on our roads," said Lompoc Police Chief Tim Dabney. 

 

Santa Barbara County Avoid the 12 Task Force will also deploy DUI Driver's License Checkpoints, Multi Agency DUI Task Force operations and local Roving DUI patrols during 18 day Summer/Labor Day Campaign. "Our message is simple and unwavering: if we find you driving impaired, we will arrest you. No exceptions," said Chief Dabney. "Even if you beat the odds and manage to walk away from an impaired-driving crash alive, the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired can still destroy your life." 

 

According to Lompoc PD, violators will face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, or being sentenced to use ignition interlocks. Their insurance rates go up. Other financial hits include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job or job prospects. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators can also face tremendous personal embarrassment and humiliation.

Provided by the Lompoc Police Department.

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Santa Maria - August 5, 2011

The Santa Maria Police Department will conduct a sobriety and drivers license checkpoint tonight from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.

The checkpoint will take place on a roadway within Santa Maria where a significant number of DUI-related collisions and DUI arrests have occurred, according to police.

Officers will screen drivers passing through the checkpoint for sobriety and for a valid driver's license.

Drivers found to be under the influence of alcohol or other drugs will be arrested, and unlicensed drivers will be cited and their vehicles impounded.

Funding for the checkpoint comes from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

Provided by the Santa Maria Times. 
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Santa Barbara - August 6, 2011

Motorists approaching the checkpoint will see informational signs advising them that a sobriety checkpoint is ahead. Once diverted into the lane, motorists will be detained only a few moments while an officer explains the purpose of the checkpoint and checks their driver license.

CHP sobriety checkpoints are conducted in accordance with the guidelines for checkpoint operations outlined in the California Supreme Court decision, Ingersoll vs. Palmer.

Traffic volume permitting, all vehicles will be checked. If volume becomes too heavy, vehicles to be checked will be selected by a pre-set standard (such as every 3rd, 5th, or 10th vehicle) to assure objectivity.

Placing checkpoints on roads identified with DUI problems and detaining drivers for a very limited time help assure that the  CHPconforms to the guidelines. Checkpoints tend to reduce the number of drinking drivers on the road, even though arrest totals do not rise dramatically. A major value of checkpoints is their psychological influence. The news media is advised well in advance whenever a checkpoint is planned, since extensive publicity is also viewed as a legal safeguard.

The checkpoint will be operated from 9:15 p.m. to 3:15 a.m. The CHPwill generate an e-mail and/or fax notification detailing the location of the checkpoint approximately two hours prior to the opening.

Provided by the Santa Barbara Independent 

Lompoc - August 5, 2011

Lompoc Police Checkpoint Seeks to Save Lives Drunk driving is one of America's deadliest crimes.

In California last year 1,029 people died in crashes involving a driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.

That is why Lompoc Police announced today they will be holding a DUI/Driver's License checkpoint on Friday August 5, 2011 starting at 6:00 pm somewhere in the City of Lompoc.

"Make no mistake. Our message is simple. No matter what you drive-a passenger car, pickup, sport utility vehicle or motorcycle-if we catch you driving impaired, we will arrest you.

No exceptions. No excuses," said Sergeant Ed Lardner.

"We will be talking to drivers, making sure they are not impaired, arresting those who are, and getting the word out that impaired driving and driving without a proper license is not acceptable in Lompoc.

Lompoc Police advises that by following these easy steps, a driver can enjoy a safe and festive evening without jeopardizing their life and the lives of the others who may be on the road.

Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin; ? Before drinking, designate a sober driver and give that person your keys; ? If you're impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely; ? If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don't hesitate to call 911.

Provided by the Lompoc Police Department