press release - 09041301

Summer / Labor Day AVOID The 12 DUI Campaign - FINAL UPDATE

Santa Barbara County- September 4th, 2013

The 2013 Summer/Labor Day Holiday DUI Mobilization crackdown on drinking drivers has ended and resulted in a significant number of DUI arrests from the Sobriety Checkpoints, Special Saturation Patrols and routine patrols in the Santa Barbara County during the Summer “AVOID” DUI Campaign for the past 18 days. 
From 12:01 AM Friday August 16th, through Midnight Monday September 2, 2013 officers representing 12 county law enforcement agencies have arrested 171 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  In 2012, 164 DUI arrests occurred during the same time period.  Tragically, there were three deaths attributed to DUI drivers in our county! Last year there were no DUI deaths in our county during this same time. (**NOTE: These numbers are only provisional with same agencies yet to report**) 
These numbers are in comparison to last years’ totals during the holiday period.  Law enforcement officials will be conducting more AVOID anti DUI efforts throughout the county and region again during Halloween and Thanksgiving holidays before planning for the December Winter Campaign periods.

Police, Sheriff and the CHP encourage all motorists to help make your community safer: Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911! Anytime you encounter a dangerous impaired driver.

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


For more information contact:
Sergeant Kevin Huddle
Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office
Office (805) 961-7516

Business Hours: (805) 681-4100

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