OXNARD POLICE DEPARTMENT
|INCIDENT:||St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Enforcement Operations|
|DATE:||March 15-17, 2019|
|PREPARED BY:||Jamie Brown, Senior Officer|
|CONTACT PERSON AND CONTACT INFO:||Jamie Brown, Senior Officer (805) 385-7749 email@example.com|
The Oxnard Police Department is working to keep roadways safe this St. Patrick’s Day
Please Celebrate Responsibly: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving
St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by millions across the country, often culminating in parties where drinking is involved. Sadly, this leads to tragedies on our roadways because of drivers who choose to leave parties impaired.
This St. Patrick’s Day Weekend, the Oxnard Police Department will have additional officers on patrol ready to stop and arrest drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Additional officers will be deployed on Friday, March 15, from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. and again on Sunday, March 17, from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. on DUI saturation patrols. In addition, the Oxnard Police Department will deploy additional officers on Sunday, March 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to conduct citywide Motorcycle Safety Enforcement.
According to data from the California Highway Patrol (CHP), one person was killed and 48 others were injured in DUI crashes on St. Patrick’s Day last year. In 2017, 59 people were killed nationwide in drunk-driving crashes over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday (March 16-March 18), accounting for 37 percent of all traffic deaths.
Due to St. Patrick’s Day becoming a dangerous holiday on our roads, the Oxnard Police Department encourages everyone to plan ahead and use a designated sober driver, ride-share or public transportation. Even one drink can be one too many.
The Oxnard Police Department also wants to remind everyone that a “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” Prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications and marijuana can all be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs.
Funding for St. Patrick’s Day weekend DUI enforcement is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.