Press release - DUI Enforcement Operations

Published 11/17/2009 (all press releases for this day)

The Oxnard Police Department is urging the public to help keep the streets safe this Thanksgiving and upcoming holiday season. The number one killer on our highways is the impaired driver. In 2008, alcohol attributed to 1,029 deaths in California with more than 30,000 injured, many still suffering with life-long disabilities.

The Oxnard Police Department will begin its crackdown on DUI drivers this holiday season by conducting multi-location sobriety and driver’s license checkpoints on Thursday, November 19th, from 6:00 P.M. to 12:00 A.M. and on Saturday, November 21st, from 6:00 P.M. to 12:00 A.M. The checkpoints will be held at various locations throughout the City of Oxnard.

In addition to the checkpoints, officers from the Oxnard Police Department will also be out in force on Monday night, November 23rd, 2009, conducting a DUI saturation patrol. These officers will patrol the streets of Oxnard specifically searching for impaired drivers.

The added DUI enforcement on Halloween night this year was proven to be successful with 10 DUI arrests and no alcohol related crashes.

The DUI checkpoints and DUI saturation patrols are funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Oxnard Police Department wants everyone to have a wonderful holiday season and if you choose to celebrate with alcohol, we recommend the following tips:

  • Plan a safe way home before your celebration begins
  • If you plan to get a ride home with someone else, designate a sober driver before any drinking begins
  • If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely
  • If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate – Call 9-1-1
  • If you know someone who is about to drive his/her car or ride a motorcycle while impaired, take away the keys and help make other arrangements for a safe ride home

The Oxnard Police Department will continue conducting Sobriety and Driver’s License checkpoints and saturation patrols over the upcoming holiday season in an effort to reduce the number of alcohol related crashes and to make our roadways and community safer.

In addition to our DUI enforcement, The Oxnard Police Department is strictly enforcing seatbelt violations during our Click it or Ticket campaign that started November 17th and runs through November 30th.

For any questions related to DUI and traffic enforcement, please contact Senior Officer Brian Woolley at (805) 385-7749 or via e-mail at brianwoolley@oxnardpd.org.

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