News release - 2/14/2012

Published 2/14/2012 (all press releases for this day)

Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



INCIDENT Sobriety & driver's license checkpoint
DATE/TIME February 16, 2012 
CONTACT Senior Officer Jamie Brown (805) 385-7749 


(Oxnard, CA) The Oxnard Police Department Traffic Unit will conduct a sobriety/driver’s license checkpoint on Thursday, February 16, 2012, at two undisclosed locations in the city of Oxnard. The approximate hours of operation will be from 6:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.
The checkpoint locations will be selected based upon DUI collision data, DUI arrests, and Place of Last Drink (POLD) survey data. Motorists will be greeted and given an informational brochure about impaired driving.
Checkpoints reduce the number of drinking drivers on the road and do not necessarily produce dramatic increases in arrests. The major value of checkpoints is their educational and preventative influence on the motoring public. The Oxnard Police Department conducts sobriety/driver’s license checkpoints to ensure the public’s safety and to reduce the number of alcohol-impaired drivers on the roadways in our community, as well as insuring drivers have a valid driver’s license.
Drivers found to be under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will be arrested and their vehicles will be towed.  Drivers found to be driving on a suspended or revoked license will also be arrested and their vehicles will be subject to a 30-day impound.
In accordance to Assembly Bill 353 which went into effect on January 1, 2012, drivers, whose only offense is driving without a license (never been licensed or expired), will have the opportunity to call for a licensed driver to pick their vehicle up from the checkpoint as opposed to having it towed. The registered owners will have until the end of the checkpoint to pick their vehicle up. If the registered owner cannot respond by the end of the checkpoint, the vehicle will be towed. Vehicles towed from an unlicensed driver (never been licensed or expired) will be eligible for release without being subject to a 30-day impound. This new law only applies to vehicles that have entered the checkpoint. Vehicles stopped outside of a checkpoint are subject to all sanctions permitted by law and the policy of the Oxnard Police Department.
Members of the media are welcome to view the checkpoint and take photographs. Further information on the sobriety checkpoint may be obtained by contacting Senior Officer Jamie Brown at (805) 385-7749.
In addition to the checkpoint, OPD conducts DUI saturation patrols on a regular basis. Officers conducting a saturation patrol stop people who are suspected of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


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