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Dec 30, 2009 9:19 PM by Ariel Wesler

CHP steps up holiday enforcement

The California Highway Patrol is working to keep the roads safe from drunk drivers in Santa Barbara County on New Year's Day.

Officers will be conducting a DUI checkpoint in an unincorporated area of Santa Barbara County from 8:00pm Friday to 2:00 am Saturday. Motorists will only be stopped for a few moments.

"If you're going to have a few drinks, do not drive. Plan ahead. Have a designated driver. Call a cab, anything but get behind the wheel. Otherwise, expect to suffer the consequences, said CHP Officer Rob Wallace in Santa Maria.

Those consequences include jail time. Last year, the CHP reported two DUI related accidents. One was fatal. Officers also remind drivers to *always wear their seatbelts.

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