It was reported by Edhat that the “Avoid the 12,” which is Santa Barbara County’s multi-jurisdictional DUI task force received a one year grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “The grant, which is administered by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, funds enforcement efforts through DUI/driver’s license checkpoints, DUI saturation patrols, multi-agency DUI task force deployments, court stings and warrant/probation operations,” stated Senior Deputy Jeff Farmer, ‘AVOID the 12′ coordinator. DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoints are a key component of the grant. These highly visible, highly publicized events are meant to deter impaired driving, not to increase arrests. It was reported that motorist can expect to see DUI campaigns during the winter and summer holiday periods as well as on Halloween, Super Bowl Sunday, St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, Santa Barbara Old Spanish Days and other local special events with identified DUI problems. 42 of California’s counties participate in the AVOID campaigns. They are the largest funded DUI crackdowns in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
DUI enforcement continues to be an increasing law enforcement endeavor, and given the funding to employ these efforts throughout the holidays, the odds are not in a driver’s favor. Should you find yourself, or a friend arrested for a Santa Barbara DUI contact Santa Barbara DUI attorney Kenneth M. Hallum for a free case consultation. The efforts to convict you of DUI are mounting, so call today, and know your rights, options and defenses.