Over the course of the year, Life of the Party will let you know
when the law enforcement
will be exercising alcohol-related operations in Isla Vista and
community. We are telling you about these enforcement operations
because we want
you to be aware of the risks of driving under the influence not
only on enforcement
weekends, but every weekend.
This page defines each of the enforcement operations, so you’ll
know what’s up all
"DUI Check Point"
Definition: DUI Checkpoints are set up by law enforcement agencies to stop
traffic on public
streets and highways for the sole purpose of checking drivers
Traffic volume permitting, all vehicles will be checked. If
traffic volume becomes
too heavy, vehicles will then be checked by a pre-set standard
(such as every 3rd
or 5th vehicle) to ensure objectivity.
Example: Motorists approaching the checkpoint will see informational
signs advising them
that a DUI checkpoint is ahead. Once diverted into the
checkpoint lane, motorists
will be detained for only a few moments while deputies explain
the purpose of the
checkpoint and check their driver’s licenses.
Official Info: DUI checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them
off the street,
as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired
driving. A major component
of these checkpoints is to increase awareness of the dangers of
and to encourage sober designated drivers.
“DUI Saturation Patrol”
Definition: A Saturation Patrol is when the Santa Barbara Sheriff Department
patrol cars who are dedicated to watch for drivers under the
influence. Unlike a
DUI Checkpoint where all cars are stopped at a specific
location, these patrol cars
blanket the highways and side streets looking for signs of DUI.
Example: If a patrol car is assigned DUI Saturation Patrol they will be
out on the road searching
for potential DUI’s. If they see the signs of someone driving
under the influence
(swerving, driving too fast or too slow, etc.) they will pull
them over under suspicion
Official Info: Saturation patrols have proven to reduce impaired driving
collisions by removing
these drivers off the streets. The average American has a 30%
chance of being killed
or injured by an impaired driver.
"Shoulder Tap" or "Hey Mister"
Definition: A minor who has been hired as a decoy asks someone over the age
of 21 to purchase
alcohol for him or her.
Example: A minor is hanging around IV Market and asks a passing stranger
who looks over the
age of 21 to purchase alcohol for them. If the 21+ year old goes
into IV Market
and buys them alcohol, they will be charged with a misdemeanor
for furnishing alcohol
to a minor.
Official Info: According to the Sheriff's website, "Every person who sells,
furnishes, gives, or
causes to be sold, furnished, or given away, any alcoholic
beverage to any person
under the age of 21 years is guilty of a misdemeanor. This
violation requires a
mandatory court appearance and the fine imposed will be at the
discretion of the