press release - 07091301

'AVOID The 12' Independence Day Weekend DUI Enforcement Results

Santa Barbara County - July 9th, 2013

The Independence Day Weekend Anti DUI crackdown is reporting DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special ‘AVOID the 12’ DUI deployments in Santa Barbara County.

From 12:01 AM Wednesday July 3, 2013 through Midnight Sunday July 7, 2013 officers representing 12 county law enforcement agencies have arrested 38 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Last year, there were 49 arrested for DUI during the 4th of July Holiday period. (These numbers are preliminary with some agencies yet to report)

Law enforcement officials will be conducting more Avoid Anti-DUI efforts throughout the county and region during the 18 day Summer Campaign in August ending Labor Day weekend.

Police, Sheriff and the CHP encourage all motorists to watch and report impaired drivers each and every trip around town or during summer vacations: Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1! anytime motorists encounter that dangerous driver.  Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


MEDIA NOTE:  Avoid programs, named for the number of police agencies in each county, will be conducting other enforcement efforts during special events with identified DUI problems.  In recognition that the summer season is among the deadliest time of the year, law enforcement agencies throughout the county will be making every effort to arrest drunk drivers before another life is lost.


For more information contact:

Sergeant Kevin Huddle

Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office

Office (805) 961-7516

Copyright 2013 Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office, All Rights Reserved