If you plan to party hard for Halloween in Isla Vista, be sure that you do so safely. Visitors from all over California and other areas will increase the weekend population dramatically in the local area. Authorities from several agencies will work jointly to ensure that the law will be upheld. This includes the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, University of California Police Department, as well as the California Highway Patrol.
Kelly Hoover, a spokesperson from the Sheriff’s office, has indicated that “we’re prepared for a large turnout” due to the fact that Halloween falls on a Saturday in 2015. Interestingly, there will actually be a lower number of law enforcement assigned to the area. She states, “We are seeing a culture change in Isla Vista with the mentality of not inviting out-of-towners, and out-of-towners realizing it’s not the party place it used to be.”
Many local bail bonds agencies in Santa Barbara will be available to assist for those who do get arrested. However, according to Hoover, there has been a decline in the number of arrests and citations.
From 6:00 pm until 7:00 am on Friday and Saturday, there will be special festival ordinance in effect for the surrounding community. This means no amplified music and vehicles will be prohibited from entering Del Playa Drive. Furthermore, barricades will be erected around Isla Vista to prevent drivers from entering certain streets beginning October 30 at 4:00 pm. People are permitted to leave, however.
California Highway Patrol officers will be on the lookout for people driving under the influence. If arrested, most of the time intoxicated drivers are detained until sober and then released with a citation. However, if someone is involved in an accident or is a repeat offender, then that individual will need a bail bond.
In addition to UCSB Police officers and Sheriff’s deputies, the Santa Barbara Police Department will be standing by in the event things get out of hand. The Santa Barbara County Jail is also going to increase staff to deal with the higher number of arrests during the weekend as well.
If you plan to attend Halloween in Isla Vista, it would be a good idea to remember that bail bonds in Santa Barbara is always an option. Most companies offer free advice. For further information about the bail bonds process, you can look at this video: How Bail Works.