Press release - Sobriety and Driver’s License Checkpoint

Published 9/13/2010 (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: September 10th, 2010 1800-2400
LOCATION: City of Oxnard
CONTACT PERSON &
CONTACT INFO:
Brian Woolley, Traffic Coordinator (805) 385-7749

DETAILS:

The Oxnard Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a multi-location sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint on Friday, September 10th, 2010, from 6:00 P.M. to midnight. The checkpoint will be held throughout the City of Oxnard and is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

From the beginning of 2010, the Oxnard Police Department has arrested over 650 drivers for DUI, an average of 81 each month. Last month, several additional officers were deployed to conduct DUI enforcement throughout the city. The enforcement efforts of these officers resulted in 95 DUI arrests, the most in the past 10 months including November of 2009 when 94 arrests were made.

The Oxnard Police Department would like to inform the public of these facts about drunk driving:

The .08 Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) threshold —• All 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico have established a threshold making it illegal per se to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.

Crossing the threshold —• In spite of these laws, nearly 12,000 people nationwide during 2008 were killed in crashes involving drivers or motorcycle riders with BACs of .08 or higher.

Repeat offenders —• A driver involved in a fatal crash who had a BAC of .08 or higher was 8 times more likely to have a prior conviction for driving impaired than a driver involved in fatal crash who had consumed no alcohol.

Impaired drivers and vehicles —• The percentage of drivers with BACs of .08 or higher involved in fatal crashes was highest for motorcycle riders (29%), compared with drivers of light trucks (23%) and passenger cars (23%).

Impaired drivers and age —• The highest percentage of drivers in fatal crashes who had BACs of .08 or higher was for drivers 21 to 24 years old (34%), followed by drivers 25 to 34 (31%) and 35 to 44 (25%).

High-risk periods —• Alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes was 4 times higher at night than during the day (36% versus 9%); and 32 percent of drivers involved in fatal crashes on weekends were alcohol-impaired, compared to 15 percent during the week.

A serious crime —• Alcohol-impaired (.08 BAC or higher) crash fatalities accounted for 32 percent of all motor vehicle crash fatalities during 2008 — or an average of one fatality every 45 minutes.

For additional impaired-driving information and resources, visit the High-Visibility Enforcement Campaign Headquarters at www.StopImpairedDriving.org.


Officers from the Oxnard Police Department will continue extra DUI enforcement in September. Our next sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint is scheduled for next Thursday, September 16th, from 6:00 P.M. to midnight. We remain committed to our no-tolerance approach to DUI drivers and urge the public to drive sober. These DUI operations are part of our 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.

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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