With millions of people traveling to visit friends and family during the holidays, the Santa Barbara Police Department urges everyone to celebrate safely, and have a holiday game plan that includes a designated sober driver.

During the pre-Christmas and New Year’s holiday time, the Santa Barbara Police Department will have additional officers on patrol looking for motorists suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

“We want everyone to enjoy the holidays and be safe. If you plan to go out and celebrate, make sure you plan ahead and find a safe, sober ride home because driving impaired should never be an option,” said Motor Officer Powell.

Drunk driving is a daily problem on the nation’s roads, but it’s more prevalent during the holidays. During the December months in 2016-22, more than 4,400 people were killed in drunk-driving-related crashes.
The Santa Barbara Police Department reminds drivers that a “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” Prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, and marijuana can also impair, especially in combination with alcohol and other drugs.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.