Press release - “AVOID THE 14” DUI ENFORCEMENT CAMPAIGN IN FULL SWING LEADING UP TO THE LABOR DAY HOLIDAY WEEKEND

Published 8/25/2009 (all press releases for this day)

OXNARD POLICE DEPARTMENT

PRESS RELEASE

INCIDENT: “AVOID THE 14” DUI ENFORCEMENT CAMPAIGN IN FULL SWING LEADING UP TO THE LABOR DAY HOLIDAY WEEKEND
DATE/TIME: August 21, 2009 through Labor Day 2009
LOCATION: County-Wide
PREPARED BY: R. Latimer, Sgt

DETAILS: 

“AVOID THE 14” DUI ENFORCEMENT CAMPAIGN IN FULL SWING LEADING UP TO THE LABOR DAY HOLIDAY WEEKEND

18-day crackdown started Friday, Aug. 21

The DUI enforcement calendar is full for the next few weeks in Ventura County as “Avoid the 14” sets out after drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs.

All 14 departments cooperating under the Avoid the 14 banner will send officers to a Saturday, August 29, DUI task force operation on Highway 101 corridor. One team will cover from the Los Angeles County line to the Conejo Grade; the second will patrol from the grade to the Santa Barbara County line. The officers will aggressively seek out DUI drivers and arrest them. Approximately 20 officers will participate in this DUI enforcement operation.

Two, multi-agency, DUI checkpoints are scheduled during the Labor Day mobilization; one on Friday, August 28, in Oxnard, and another checkpoint in Camarillo on Friday, September 4.

Nine in-city DUI patrols are set for the weekend of August 22, and another nine for the Labor Day weekend.

The crackdown is part of a summer mobilization that covers “Avoid” campaigns in 40 other counties in the state and police departments throughout the United States. The theme is “Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest.” The California Office of Traffic Safety funds “Avoid the 14” with money from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the organization that sponsors the mobilization.

In addition to the DUI saturations and DUI checkpoints, “Avoid” agencies will run DUI warrant operations. During these operations, officers and deputies will serve outstanding warrants on individuals who have failed to comply with the terms of their DUI probation or who have failed to appear in court for their DUI-related offense. Police advise people who know they have a warrant to visit their local police headquarters and clear the warrant up to avoid having officers knock on their doors or show up at their workplaces.

In addition to the enforcement efforts over the Labor Day holiday, the Oxnard Police Department will continue its DUI-reduction efforts by hosting additional sobriety/drivers license checkpoints. These checkpoints will take place on Thursday, September 17, and on Friday, September 25th. They will be held at multiple locations within the city of Oxnard and are funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety.

DATE: August 25, 2009



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