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Police Prepare for Labor Day Weekend

 


From 12:01 AM Friday August 15, 2014 through Midnight Thursday August 21, 2014 officers representing 11 county law enforcement agencies have arrested 61 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  There were 73 DUI arrests during the same period in 2013.

There were no DUI related traffic fatalities and no Dui related injury collisions. To date, this summer mobilization period 2 people have been injured in DUI traffic collisions. During the 2013 summer mobilization period, there were 2 DUI related traffic fatalities and 2 persons injured in DUI related traffic collisions. The remaining special operations including a Task Force Operation and a Court Operation will occur this week.  All regularly scheduled traffic and patrol officers will continue efforts to stop and arrest DUI drivers during their normal shifts.
 
Police, Sheriff and the CHP encourage all motorists to help make your community safer:  Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911. 
 
DUI arrest data collection will continue through Labor Day midnight Monday, September 1, 2014.  Avoid programs, named for the number of police agencies in each county, Multiple/DUI Driver’s License Checkpoints, Multi Agency DUI Task Force operations and local Roving DUI patrols are set region wide during 18 day Summer/Labor Day Campaign.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) will conduct a sobriety/driver license checkpoint on Friday, August 29, 2014, in the Santa Barbara City limits.  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 CHP conforms to the guidelines.  Checkpoints tend to reduce the number of impaired 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 CHP will generate an e-mail and/or fax notification detailing the location of the checkpoint approximately two hours prior to the start.

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