“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is the slogan for Santa Barbara’s AVOID the 12 DUI enforcement campaign. This year officers and deputies will be aggressively looking for impaired drivers and will arrest anyone caught driving under the influence. There will be eight DUI/driver’s license checkpoints, 18 DUI saturation patrols, a multiagency DUI task force strike team patrol, a DUI warrant/probations sweep and a court sting. Additionally, the California Highway Patrol will deploy all available officers during two Maximum Enforcement Periods – Christmas and New Year’s Weekends. The special enforcement crackdown will run from December 14, 2012, through Jan. 1. Sgt. Kevin Huddle of the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department reports to Noozhawk, “That’s why we will be stepping up enforcement to catch and arrest impaired drivers. Please be forewarned. If you are caught driving impaired, you will be arrested. No warnings. No excuses.”
This holiday enforcement is nothing new to Santa Barbara residents, and when in doubt do not get behind the wheel. A word to the wise when enforcement is up, focused on DUI, so are all other sorts of violations. So keep the cell phones hands free, the speed down, and obey the signs.
If you are facing a DUI, or other traffic infraction contact Kenneth M. Hallum, Attorney at Law for a free consultation. Know your rights, options, and defenses.