Press release - Memorial Day Weekend “Avoid the 14” Sobriety and Driver’s License Checkpoint

Published 5/31/2010 (all press releases for this day)

John Crombach
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



INCIDENT:  Memorial Day Weekend “Avoid the 14” Sobriety and Driver’s License Checkpoint
DATE/TIME:  May 29th, 2010  1800 - 0030
LOCATION:  City of Oxnard
 Brian Woolley, Traffic Coordinator

(805) 385-7749


On May 29th, 2010, between the hours of 6:00 P.M. and 12:30 A.M., officers from the Oxnard Police Department, Port Hueneme Police Department, Ventura Police Department, Santa Paula Police Department, Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, and California State University Channel Islands conducted a sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint in the city of Port Hueneme.   


The checkpoint was conducted in the southbound lanes of Ventura Road at Sunkist Street.


Officers screened 1211 motorists who passed through the checkpoint.  Officers conducted four DUI investigations that lead to the arrest of all four drivers for DUI.  One of the drivers traveling towards the checkpoint attempted to avoid it by turning around and driving in the wrong direction on Ventura Road against oncoming traffic.  Officers working at the checkpoint were successful in stopping this vehicle before a head-on crash was likely to occur.  The driver of this vehicle was found to have a blood alcohol level of .21, over twice the legal limit of .08.  


In addition to the DUI arrests, two warrant arrests were made and nine drivers were issued citations for various drivers’ license violations.  Seven drivers were issued citations for driving without a valid driver’s license and two drivers were cited for driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license.  Nine vehicles were towed from the checkpoint.


During the remainder of the Memorial Day weekend, several officers and deputies will be conducting additional DUI saturation patrols in the cities of Oxnard, Fillmore, Santa Paula, Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, and Ventura.     


Avoid the 14 Ventura County will conduct several additional DUI checkpoints and DUI saturation patrols this year starting July 4th weekend.  These DUI operations are an effort to reduce the number of alcohol related crashes and to make our roadways and community safer.  The public is reminded to dial 911 if a suspected drunken driver is seen.  These DUI operations are funded by grants 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


DATE / TIME PREPARED:  5/30/10, 0130 hours

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