Saturday, August 18 , 2018, 10:02 pm | Fair with Haze 67º

 
 
 

Santa Barbara Police Get Grant to Combat DUI Deaths, Injuries

The Santa Barbara Police Department is set to commence a yearlong anti-DUI program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on roadways. New enforcement measures to combat impaired driving are coming as a result of a recent $129,851 grant awarded by the California Office of Traffic Safety to the city of Santa Barbara.

“Clearly, we take driving under the influence very seriously,” Santa Barbara Police Chief Camerino Sanchez said. “DUI is a preventable crime, and arresting DUI drivers will save lives.”

The special DUI Enforcement and Awareness grant is to assist in efforts to reduce the number of people killed and injured in alcohol- and other drug-related collisions. The grant activities will specifically target impaired driving offenders as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving. This will be done through the use of DUI/driver’s license checkpoints, warrant searches and stakeouts for repeat DUI offenders, saturation patrols, and court stings where DUI offenders with suspended or revoked driver’s licenses get behind the wheel after leaving court.

“Impaired driving is a serious crime that kills and injures thousands every year in California,” said Christopher Murphy, director of the Office of Traffic Safety. “This grant will help get drunk drivers off the roadways of Santa Barbara, making it safer for everyone.”

Funding for the grant comes from the Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Lorenzo Duarte is a sergeant with the Santa Barbara Police Department.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through Stripe below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments and a mailing address for checks.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Enter your email
Select your membership level
×

Payment Information

You are purchasing:

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover
One click only, please!

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >