California Highway Patrol officers made five DUI arrests and towed six vehicles in Isla Vista last weekend while many UCSB students made their return to the campus for Fall Quarter.
The CHP maintained sobriety and driver license checkpoints on the northbound lanes of Los Carneros Road between Hollister Avenue and US 101 during the hours of 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. over the weekend. The officers screened 488 vehicles and administer nine field sobriety tests, which resulted in the five DUI arrests. In addition, two citations were given out to drivers using suspended licenses.
In a press release, CHP Officer Don Clotworthy said sobriety checkpoints are an important part of the prevention of drunk driving, especially in and around college towns such as I.V.
“Plain and simple, sobriety checkpoints save lives and the CHP takes a zero tolerance policy when it comes to drinking and driving,” Clotworthy said.
The press release also stated that officers will implement similar checkpoints throughout the year in the same location as well as other locations near UCSB.