Press release - Cinco de Mayo DUI saturation patrols

Published 4/29/2010 (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: Cinco de Mayo DUI saturation patrols
DATE/TIME: Friday, April 30th, 1900-0200
Saturday, May 1st, 1700-0300
Sunday, May 2nd, 1800-0200
Wednesday May 5th, 1800-2400
LOCATION: City of Oxnard
CONTACT PERSON &
CONTACT INFO:
Brian Woolley, Traffic Coordinator
(805) 385-7749

DETAILS:

Cinco de Mayo has become a traditional time for many to celebrate California’s rich cultural history. But it is also a night out with expected dangers when someone chooses to drink alcohol and drive. The Oxnard Police Department Traffic Unit will have several officers patrolling the streets of Oxnard searching for DUI drivers this weekend starting Friday night, April 30th at 7:00 P.M. There will be ten officers conducting DUI enforcement Friday night until 2:00 A.M. The following night, May 1st, additional officers will be deployed to conduct DUI enforcement.

On Sunday, May 2nd, from 6:00 P.M. to 2:00 A.M., deputies from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department and officers from the Ventura Police Department and Santa Paula Police Department will join forces with the Oxnard Police Traffic Unit during an allied agency DUI saturation deployment. At least 16 officers will be patrolling the City of Oxnard with the specific goal of stopping impaired drivers. These officers and deputies will be stopping vehicles and checking for the signs of intoxication, conducting field sobriety tests and arresting those who are intoxicated.

On Wednesday May 5th, from 6:00 P.M. to midnight, additional Oxnard Police officers will be deployed to conduct DUI enforcement in the City of Oxnard.

DUI related crashes have dropped in California thanks to increased sobriety checkpoints and special DUI enforcement campaigns. However, the number one killer on our highways remains impaired driving, with 1,029 dead in 2008 and another 28,457 injured in alcohol involved collisions.

The Oxnard Police Department encourages you to celebrate responsibly by designating a sober driver and to call 911 if you see an impaired driver.

All of these DUI operations are an effort to reduce the amount of alcohol related crashes and to make our community and roadways safer. They are also funded by grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) through the National Highway Transportation Safety 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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