GOLETA The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting a DUI and driver’s license checkpoint from 7 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location within the city of Goleta.
The checkpoint will be placed in a location based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests. Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol or drug impairment, with officers checking drivers for proper licensing, Sgt. John Maxwell, sheriff’s spokesman, said in a news release.
Authorities are reminding residents that prescription drugs and marijuana can cause impairments that would result in a DUI being issued. In 2017, 1,120 people were killed in alcohol-involved crashes on California roads. Last year, authorities investigated 31 DUI collisions in the Goleta area, which resulted in nine people suffering injuries.
Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with DUI can expect the arrest to cost upwards of $13,500, which includes fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses.
Funding for the checkpoint is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.