News release - 12/12/2012

Published 12/12/2012 (all press releases for this day)

Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



INCIDENT: Avoid the 14 Ventura County DUI Task Force Plans Holiday Crackdown
To Stop Impaired Driving and Save Lives  
DATE/TIME: December 14, 2012 through January 1, 2013
LOCATION: County-Wide
PREPARED BY: Randy Latimer, Traffic Sergeant, Oxnard Police Department
Randy Latimer, Traffic Sergeant, Oxnard Police Department (805-385-7847)
Maria Pena, Traffic Investigator, Oxnard Police Department (805-385-7750)


Avoid the 14 Ventura County
DUI Campaign
For Immediate Release                                                                     December 12, 2012
Contact: Officer Sergeant Randy Latimer     (805) 385-7847, 
Avoid the 14 Ventura County DUI Task Force Plans Holiday Crackdown
To Stop Impaired Driving and Save Lives  
Oxnard, CA– Heads up to holiday party-goers!  To help save lives this holiday season, law enforcement from 14 agencies are launching a special “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown to stop impaired drivers and to save lives on our roadways.
The Ventura County DUI Avoid the 14 Task Force is announcing that officers and deputieswill be aggressively looking forimpaired drivers and will arrest anyone caught driving under the influence.  Enforcement efforts will include: 4 DUI/Drivers License Checkpoints, 15 local DUI saturation patrols, a Multi-Agency DUI Taskforce strike team patrol, and a DUI Warrant/Probation sweep.  The CHP will deploy all available officers during two Maximum Enforcement Periods – Christmas and New Years Weekends. The special enforcement crackdown will run from December 14, 2012, through January 1, 2013. (See attached Enforcement Schedule of Operations)
“Lots of folks will be out during this busy holiday season, enjoying themselves and the holiday festivities, and we want everyone to be safe on our roadways.” said Avoid the 14 Task force Coordinator, Sergeant Randy Latimer of the Oxnard Police Department.  “That’s why we will be stepping up enforcement to catch and arrest impaired drivers.  Please be forewarned.  If you are caught driving impaired, you will be arrested. No warnings. No excuses.”
During 2010, more than 10,000 people were killed nationwide in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving an impaired driver and in Californian 791 people died on our state’s streets and highways. There were 14 individuals killed in Ventura County that year.
The holiday season is a particularly dangerous time. During December 2010, 30 percent of all fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crash involved alcohol-impaired drivers. Data also shows that among those alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities, 71 percent occurred when drivers had nearly twice the legal limit blood alcohol concentration of .15 % BAC or higher. 
“No one ever thinks that their holiday celebration will end in jail, or worse, in a hospital or the morgue,” said Sergeant Rick Harwood, Thousand Oaks Police Traffic Sergeant.  “But for those who include alcohol in their celebrations and then get behind the wheel, this is too often the case.”   
Heads Up –violators face jail time, loss of driver license, and steep financial consequences such as higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job.
The Avoid the 14 Coalition said there are three simple steps people can take to stay safe and out of trouble:
1.      Plan ahead.  If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. Designate a sober driver or find another safe way home. Even one too many drinks increases the risk of a crash while driving a motor vehicle.  
2.      If you are impaired, find another way home.  Use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, use public transportation. Be responsible.  If someone you know is drinking, do not let them get behind the wheel.  If you see an impaired driver on the road, Report Them - Call 911!  Your actions may save someone’s life, and inaction could cost a life. 
“We want everyone to enjoy their holidays, but we also want our roadways to be safe,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety. “Police, Sheriffs and the CHP will be out in force to help save lives, and they are not going to tolerate impaired driving. So remember, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.’ They will be watching.”
The nationalDriver Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown is led by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) and NHTSA, with the California Avoid DUI Task Force Campaign combining high-visibility enforcement and heightened public awareness through publicity. The program is funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety.
Media Notes:To schedule an interview regarding Anti Drunk-Driving efforts, or request a ride-along with law enforcement during the holiday period, please contact Sergeant Randy Latimer at 805-385-7847 or via email at

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