Press release - Sobriety and Driver’s License Checkpoint and DUI Saturation Results

Published 8/1/2011 (all press releases for this day)


Jeri Williams
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 and DUI Saturation Results
DATE/TIME:  July 30, 2011 – 1800 to 0300
LOCATION:  Southbound Oxnard Bl. @ Glenwood Dr (1)
 Southbound Victoria Av @ Gonzales Rd (2)
 Southbound Oxnard Bl. @ Vineyard Av (3)
CONTACT PERSON &
CONTACT INFO:
 Randy Latimer, Traffic Sergeant – 805-385-7847

DETAILS:

The Oxnard Police Department Traffic Unit conducted a multi-location sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint followed-up by a DUI saturation patrol on Saturday, July 31, 2011, from 6:00 P.M. to 3:00 A.M. and arrested nine (9) drivers for DUI as a result of the heightened DUI prevention and enforcement effort.

The first checkpoint was conducted in the southbound lanes of Oxnard Bl. @ Glenwood Dr. The second and third checkpoints were held simultaneously; one in the southbound lanes of Victoria Av. @ Gonzales Road and the other in the southbound lanes of Oxnard Bl. @ Vineyard Av.

Officers screened 1016 motorists who passed through the checkpoint locations and conducted five (5) DUI investigations with drivers who had been drinking alcohol. Four (4) drivers who were screened by officers at the checkpoints were arrested for DUI. A female driver who entered the checkpoint was also arrested after she was found to have a suspended driver’s license. Upon further investigation, she was found to be in possession of narcotics and had an outstanding felony warrant. In addition to the four checkpoint DUI arrests, checkpoint officers arrested five (5) additional drivers for DUI as the officers conducted DUI saturation patrols during and after the checkpoints. One of the drivers was arrested after crashing his mini-van into a light pole. This driver had a blood alcohol level of over .18.

Citations were issued to 45 drivers for various drivers’ license violations at the checkpoint. Twenty-seven drivers were issued citations for driving without a valid driver’s license and two (2) drivers were cited for driving with a suspended driver’s license. Thirteen vehicles were towed from the checkpoints.

The Oxnard Police Department will conduct several more DUI enforcement operations this year. 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. These DUI enforcement 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 Sergeant Randy Latimer at (805) 385-7847 or via e-mail at randylatimer@oxnardpd.org.



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