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Posted on 03.25.2013 11:30 p.m.

One Driver Arrested at DUI Checkpoint in Goleta

Source: Kelly Hoover for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department

As part of Goleta’s commitment to public safety, Goleta police conducted a sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint on Friday.

The checkpoint was held between 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. at Los Carneros Road at Calle Koral in Goleta. This operation was one of many that have or will be conducted throughout the year in the city.

Here are the results of the checkpoint:

» Vehicles screened — 585
» DUI arrests — 1
» Driving without a valid driver’s license — 4
» Vehicles impounded for 30 days — 1
» Vehicles impounded for one day — 1
» Miscellaneous citations — 2
» Driver’s evaluated for DUI (alcohol/drugs) — 16 (Drivers were under the influence of alcohol, but not determined to be DUI)

A Long Beach man was arrested on suspicion of DUI and for driving without a valid California driver’s license.

The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The City of Goleta contracts with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department for police services.

— Kelly Hoover is a public information officer for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department.

» on 03.25.13 @ 11:44 PM

Drinking and driving are a horror—if there’s anything that I support it is checkpoints, generally speaking. The legal system is often biased against the powerless and so I tend to be a skeptic—and I’m aware that DUI laws can be abused by authorities, too, but overall I like this.

» on 03.26.13 @ 02:40 AM

So nearly 600 cars stopped and impeded, a dozen or so cops there for eight hours (and I imagine this is all on OT using federal money) and 1 DUI arrest.  They could put three cruisers on the 101 or State Street for two hours to look for DUI and get more arrests.  I seem to get caught up at this same spot every time they use it - it’s their favorite - and I think half the cars going through it are Raytheon employees going home after a hard day at work.  Some thoughts:

1. I believe the Supreme Court set conditions on these otherwise without-cause stops and searches.  One of these is that the traffic stop must be avoidable.  This one isn’t - they block off all the approaches, once you see it you’re going to spend 10 minutes going through it.

2.  Common sense would seem to be that if they’re looking for UCSB students being DUI, wouldn’t these drivers more likely be DUI coming home from the downtown bars?  Without exception they set up on Los Coneros northbound.  So if I lived in IV and wanted to party downtown, get toasted, and then drive home, I’d bypass the stop every time.

3.  With all of the resources dedicated to these, what’s the cost?  I’m skeptical that these are an effective way to remove DUI drivers.

» on 03.26.13 @ 12:53 PM

I agree with Menchar.  DUI is dangerous to everyone, but in terms of cost-effective law enforcement, these checkpoints don’t measure up.  And I have issues with the lack of probable cause.

» on 03.26.13 @ 01:28 PM

An affront to our civil liberties and a complete waste of time and money. 585 cars, illegally stopped and illegally searched.  This is oppression.  This is the govt over reaching. 

Those who are willing to sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.

» on 03.26.13 @ 01:31 PM

585 cars stopped and just one DUI violation! That’s a lot of time and money for few results. I think a cop or two at the 217 (UCSB/Airport) entrance off the 101 North would haul in more life threatening drivers. Haven’t they noticed drivers swerving one or two lanes at high speed all the time making that connection??

» on 03.26.13 @ 02:38 PM

Another example of government oppression of the people.

» on 03.26.13 @ 03:43 PM

Aren’t the police legally obligated to announce that a checkpoint is about to occur?  Looking back I don’t see any notifications that a checkpoint would be taking place.  Maybe I missed it though.

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