News release - 12/29/2012

Published 12/29/2012 (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:

Oxnard Police Department and the Ventura County AVOID the 14 DUI Task Force Conduct Multiple DUI/Drivers License Checkpoints in Oxnard

DATE/TIME: December 28, 2012 / 9PM to 3AM
LOCATION: Multiple Oxnard Locations
PREPARED BY: Randy Latimer, Traffic Sergeant
CONTACT PERSON &
CONTACT INFO:
Randy Latimer, Traffic Sergeant    randy.latimer@oxnardpd.org  (805) 385-7847

DETAILS: Oxnard, CA – The Winter Holiday Anti-DUI crackdown has resulted in a significant number of DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special Avoid the 14 DUI deployments in Ventura County.
 
On December 28, 2012, the Oxnard Police Department Traffic Unit and the Ventura County AVOID the 14 DUI Task Force conducted simultaneous DUI/Drivers License Checkpoints in the city of Oxnard. One of the checkpoints was set up in the southbound lanes of Ventura Road south of Devonshire Drive. It was staffed by Oxnard Police officers. The other was set up in the southbound lanes of Rose Avenue south of Gonzales Road, and then moved to the southbound lanes of Oxnard Boulevard south of Vineyard Avenue. This checkpoint was staffed by officers from Port Hueneme, Oxnard, Simi Valley, Camarillo, Thousand Oaks, Moorpark, and CSUCI police departments, and with deputies from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office; all members of the AVOID the 14 DUI Task Force.
 
As a result of the checkpoints, 1268 motorists were contacted and provided with educational information related to the problem of DUI. Of the 1268 drivers contacted, seven (7) drivers were evaluated for being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and one (1) was arrested for DUI. Sixteen drivers were found to be driving with either suspended or revoked drivers licenses or had never been licensed. These drivers were cited and six (6) of their vehicles were impounded. One driver was arrested for an outstanding felony warrant.
 
“DUI/Drivers License Checkpoints have proven to be an effective deterrent in the campaign to reduce incidents involving impaired drivers,” said Avoid the 14 Task force Coordinator, Sergeant Randy Latimer of the Oxnard Police Department. “Since 2009, Oxnard has experienced an 18% reduction in DUI-related traffic collisions and this downward trend has been experienced throughout California.”
 
Officers throughout Ventura County will continue cracking down on DUI drivers in support of the nationwide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign to stop impaired drivers and to save lives on our roadways.
 
On Saturday night, December 29, 2012, the AVOID the 14 DUI Task Force will conduct a DUI Saturation Patrol in Ventura. During this operation, officers from various agencies will work together scouring the city for impaired drivers. At the same time, the Thousand Oaks Police Department will host a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint within the city of Thousand Oaks. Both operations will begin at 9:00 PM and end at 3:00 AM. On Sunday, December 30, the AVOID the 14 DUI Task Force will conduct a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint in Ojai from 7:00 PM to 1:00 AM. On New Year’s Eve, officers throughout the county will conduct DUI Saturation Patrols looking for impaired drivers.
 
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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