H-SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

Oct 16, 2013 3:11 PM by Jeanette Trompeter

SB County gets money for DUI Enforcement

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office has been awarded a new traffic safety grant for an anti-DUI program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on Goleta roadways. The Sheriff's office says look for new enforcement measures to combat DUI as a result of the $63,500 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety to Goleta. "Obviously we want to remind everyone that it is illegal to drive impaired, and we hope the campaign will remind people that if they plan on drinking, to never get behind the wheel," said Lt. Butch Arnoldi, Goleta's Police Chief. "But if someone does choose to drive impaired, we will arrest them. No warnings. No excuses." The special DUI Checkpoint grant is to assist in efforts to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug related collisions in the community. The grant activities will specifically target impaired driving offenders as well as educating the public on the dangers of impaired driving through the use of DUI/Driver's License checkpoints. Sgt. Kevin Huddle of the Goleta Police Department says during 2011 and 2012, DUI collisions claimed 3 lives and resulted in 56 wrecks injuring 31 people in the community of Goleta alone. The City of Goleta contracts with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office for police services.

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