SANTA BARBARA The Santa Barbara Police Department will be conducting a DUI and driver’s license checkpoint from 6 p.m. tonight until 2 a.m. Sunday at an undisclosed location within city limits.
The location of the checkpoint is based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests. Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol or drug impairment, while also ensuring drivers are properly licensed, according to a news release.
Police remind motorists that “DUI doesn’t just mean booze,” and that certain prescription drugs may cause impairments significant enough to result in a DUI. Marijuana consumption can also result in a DUI, police said.
Last year, the Santa Barbara Police Department investigated 136 DUI collisions, which resulted in 51 injuries.
Funding for the checkpoint is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
— Mitchell White