Safety Corner: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over this Holiday Season

The Goleta Police Department urges everyone attending holiday parties and gatherings where alcohol may be involved to use a designated sober driver. From December 13 to New Year’s, the Goleta Police Department will have more officers on patrol looking for drivers suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

“Unfortunately, this time of year is when we see more people driving impaired,” said Sgt. John Maxwell. “There is no excuse for driving after drinking or using drugs that impair. There are many ways to get home safely without driving.”

The Goleta Police Department reminds the public that impaired driving is not just from alcohol; prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs and marijuana can also impair, especially in combination with alcohol and other drugs.

Those who are hosting a holiday party should offer non-alcoholic drinks for designated sober drivers and monitor how people are getting home. If someone has been drinking and tries to leave, offer to have them stay the night or take ride-share home.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The City of Goleta contracts with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office for police services.