Dec 18, 2013 2:09 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

DUI arrests in Santa Barbara County down during first weekend of holiday DUI crackdown

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office says DUI arrests were down during the first weekend of its Winter Holiday Avoid DUI campaign.

Deputies say they arrested a significant number of DUI drivers during the campaign from local routine traffic enforcement, DUI checkpoints, and special "Avoid the 12" DUI deployments over the weekend.

Between 12:01 a.m. Friday, December 13, and noon Tuesday, December 17, officers representing 12 county law enforcement agencies arrested 33 people for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The sheriff's office says 45 DUI arrests were made during the same time period in 2012.

The numbers are only preliminary because not all agencies have reported yet.

This weekend, the DUI crackdown continues. On Friday, December 20, the cities of Santa Barbara and Santa Maria will have DUI checkpoints within the cities.

On Saturday, December 21, "Avoid the 12" will conduct a multi-agency DUI and Driver's License checkpoint in the City of Santa Barbara.

Extra DUI saturation patrols will be out in Goleta, Guadalupe, Lompoc, Santa Barbara, and Santa Maria over the weekend.

All regularly scheduled patrol officers will be focusing on stopping and arresting DUI drivers during their normal shifts.



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