PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, December 27, 2011

86 Drivers Arrested For DUI

Police Officers, Deputy Sheriff’s and California Highway Patrol Officers have arrested 86 people on suspicion of DUI during the first 11 days of the of the ‘AVOID the 12’ 17-day winter mobilization period in Santa Barbara County which began on Friday, December 16.

There were 23 drivers arrested for DUI over the Christmas holiday weekend, down from 30 drivers arrested last Christmas weekend.

One of the 23 DUI arrests over the holiday weekend was a driver stopped in Santa Maria who has three prior convictions for DUI in the past 10 years. He is currently being held in Santa Barbara County jail with a $100,000 bail.

“The bad news is that driving while impaired is deadly and very expensive,” said Senior Deputy Jeff Farmer of the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office, who is the AVOID the 12 grant coordinator. “The good news is that it’s completely preventable. Just plan ahead and either use a sober driver or take a cab.”

For statewide and local Avoid DUI Task Force Campaign Enforcement Schedules and Daily DUI Arrest/Fatal Stats, visit

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

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