Press release - Sobriety and Driver’s License Checkpoint

Published 2/20/2010 (all press releases for this day)


John Crombach
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief

OXNARD POLICE DEPARTMENT

PRESS RELEASE

INCIDENT: Sobriety and Driver’s License Checkpoint
DATE/TIME: February 19th, 2010 1800-2200
LOCATION: City of Oxnard
CONTACT PERSON &
CONTACT INFO:
Brian Woolley, Traffic Coordinator
(805) 385-7749

DETAILS:

The Oxnard Police Department Traffic Division conducted a Sobriety and Driver’s License checkpoint on February 19th, 2010, from 6:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. The checkpoint was held in the northbound lanes of Ventura Road at Seventh Street.

Officers screened 837 motorists who passed through the checkpoint. Officers conducted three DUI investigations that lead to the arrest of one driver for DUI. This driver’s blood alcohol level was over twice the legal limit of .08. With the added danger of wet roadways from the rain throughout the night, this driver significantly jeopardized not only his safety but the safety of other motorists on the road while driving under the influence of alcohol.

15 drivers were issued citations for various drivers’ license violations. 9 vehicles were towed and the owners of those vehicles will face a minimum tow fee of $494.00. 7 drivers were issued citations for driving without a valid driver’s license and 1 driver was cited for driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license. One driver was also found to be in violation of failing to use a court ordered ignition interlock device in his vehicle.

The Oxnard Police Department will conduct several additional DUI enforcement operations this year including one more DUI checkpoint next Friday night. These DUI operations are an effort to reduce the number of alcohol related crashes and to make our roadways and community safer. We also remind people that if they see an impaired driver to dial 911. The checkpoints are funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) through the National Highway Transportation Administration.

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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