News release - 12/18/2012

Published 12/18/2012 (all press releases for this day)

Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief




Winter Holiday AVOID DUI campaign – Monday update

DUI Arrests Up & Zero DUI Fatalities 

DATE/TIME: December 18, 2012
LOCATION: Ventura County (AVOID the 14 Task Force)
PREPARED BY: Randy Latimer, Traffic Sergeant
Randy Latimer, Traffic Sergeant ( 805-385-7847

DETAILS:DUI Arrests Up & Zero DUI Fatalities 

The Winter Holiday Anti-DUI crackdown has resulted in several DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special Avoid the 14 DUI deployments in Ventura County.
 From 12:01 AM Friday December 14, 2012 through Midnight Sunday December 16, 2012 officers representing 14 county law enforcement agencies have arrested 39 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  In 2011, 33 DUI arrests occurred during the same three (3) day time period.
There were no DUI deaths reported over the first weekend, but there were two fatal collisions in the city of Oxnard. Both collisions occurred on Sunday, December 16th; one at 1:00 a.m. and the other just after 2:00 a.m. Neither involved drivers suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
            (**NOTE: These numbers are only provisional with some agencies yet to report**)
Over the course of the next several days of the campaign, a court sting operation will be conducted along with a warrant/probation sweep. Extra DUI patrols are planned for next weekend in the cities of Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Santa Paula, and C.S.U.C.I.  DUI Checkpoints are also planned in the City of Ventura, Ojai and the CHP will host one in Oxnard.
All regularly scheduled traffic and patrol officers will focus efforts at stopping and arresting DUI drivers during their normal shifts.  Multiple DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoints, Multi Agency DUI Task Force operations and local Roving DUI patrols are all part of this region-wide crackdown during the 19 day Winter Holiday Campaign.
Police, Sheriff and the CHP encourage all motorists to help make your community safer: Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911!  Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. DUI arrest data collection will continue through New Year’s Weekend, midnight Sunday, January 1, 2013.

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