News release - 1/25/2012

Published 1/25/2012 (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

NEWS RELEASE

INCIDENT Sobriety and Driver’s License Checkpoint 
DATE/TIME Saturday, January 28, 2012 from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.
LOCATION City of Oxnard 
CONTACT Senior Officer Jamie Brown, Traffic Coordinator
(805) 385-7749  


The Oxnard Police Department Traffic Unit will conduct a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on January 28, 2012 in Oxnard between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m.  DUI checkpoints are a proven enforcement tool effective in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough.
 
Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Officers will also check for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000.
 
“Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed18 lives and resulted in 185 injury crashes harming 267 of our friends and neighbors,” said Senior Officer Brown.
 
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.
 
“Deaths from drunk and drug-impaired driving are going down in California,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS).  “But that still means that hundreds of our friends, family and co-workers are killed each year, along with tens of thousands who are seriously injured. We must all continue to work together to bring an end to these tragedies.  If you see a Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1.”
 
Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Oxnard Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, targeting those who still don’t heed the message to designate a sober driver.
 
MEDIA NOTES:To schedule an interview regarding the Oxnard Traffic Safety Operation, please contact Senior Officer Jamie Brown at 805-385-7749 or via email at
jamie.brown@oxnardpd.org.  To schedule an interview regarding impaired driving efforts and programs in California please contact Chris Cochran, California Office of Traffic Safety at (916) 509-3063 or via email at chris.cochran@ots.ca.gov.

 

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