News release - 5/23/2013 Memorial Day Weekend DUI Checkpoints

Published 5/23/2013 (all press releases for this day)

Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



EVENT: Memorial Day Weekend Holiday DUI CrackdownAvoid the 14 – Ventura County DUI Task Force Working to Reduce
Impaired Driving Crashes, Fatalities 
DATE/TIME: May 24-27, 2013
LOCATION: Ventura County
PREPARED BY: Maria Peña, Oxnard Police, 805-385-7750,
Maria Peña, Oxnard Police, 805-385-7750,

[Ventura County, CA]— – The Avoid the 14 DUI Task Force is deploying officers this holiday weekend DUI/Drivers License Checkpoints and DUI Saturation Patrols countywide to arrest impaired drivers and to keep the public aware of the dangers of driving while impaired by alcohol and drugs. 
The start of the summer season has arrived, along with many college and high school graduations, but if history repeats… drunk or drugged driving crashes will rise when reckless drivers take to the roadways impaired.  Friends and families will gather for celebrations and to start the summer season, often with alcohol this 3-day weekend.  Law enforcement is reminding everyone to make plans now for those weekend trips and partying.  Make sure to use a ‘Designated Sober Driver’ to prevent arrest or worse, a deadly driving tragedy.
Law enforcement throughout the region, beginning Friday night, will deploy DUI/Drivers License checkpoint(s) in the city of Ventura. The checkpoint(s) will be held in honor of Nick Haverland.  Nick Haverland was killed by a drunk driver on May 11, 2011 while bicycling to a final exam at Ventura College. Nick had a profound love and respect for the world around him. He readily shared that passion with anyone that he came in contact with. He was robbed of his dream of finding a cure for cancer in the rainforest—he was scheduled to study ethno-botany at the University of Hawaii three months after his death. His family and friends were robbed of his amazing intellect and spirit. Nick left behind his brother, his parents, and a legion of good friends. The man who killed Nick is now in prison for a long time.
More local DUI Saturation Patrols will be out on Saturday and Sunday nights on the cities of Port Hueneme, Simi Valley, Camarillo, Moorpark, Cal State University Channel Islands, and Oxnard.  The California Highway Patrol is deploying all available officers Memorial Day weekend onto freeways and county roads as part of their Maximum Enforcement Period.
Law enforcement region-wide is asking for everyone’s support this holiday weekend and all summer long:

  • Plan ahead.  Arrange rides home for your friends, family, co-workers and yourself before the drinking begins.
  • Those hosting celebrations and servers must limit drinks to your guests or patrons.  Don’t serve more than one or two over several hours.
  • Identify and provide free non-alcoholic drinks to the Designated Sober Driver.  For tasty drink recipes, visit the DDrink Mixology Center at
  • Cut back on the amount of drinks you plan to bring to the party – and provide plenty of food.
  • If you see dangerous driving, Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1!

Funding for the Avoid DUI Task Force is by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  The Avoid Task Force will deploy checkpoints and DUI patrols next during the Independence Day Holiday and for the summer August/Labor Day DUI Mobilization.


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