News release - 7/4/2013

Published 7/4/2013 (all press releases for this day)

Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



INCIDENT:  Independence Day Weekend Avoid DUI Campaign-Thursday Update 1
DATE:  July 4, 2013
LOCATION:  Ventura County
PREPARED BY:  Senior Officer Maria Pena
 Senior Officer Maria Pena, Oxnard Police, 805-385-7750,


Avoid the 14 - Ventura County DUI Campaign

For Immediate Release                                                                                          July 4, 2013

CONTACT:  Maria Peña, Oxnard Police, 805-385-7750,
independence Day Weekend AVOID DUI campaign – ThursDAY update 1

DUI Arrests Up & DUI Fatalities are the Same

The Independence Day Weekend Anti DUI crackdown has resulted in a significant number of DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special Avoid the 14 DUI deployments overnight in Ventura County.
From 12:01 AM Wednesday July 3, 2013 through Midnight Wednesday 3, 2013 officers representing 14 law enforcement agencies have arrested ten individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
 Last year, nine individuals were arrested during same the 24 hours. Last year there were no DUI deaths reported. This year, there were no DUI deaths overnight.
  (**NOTE: These numbers are only provisional with some agencies yet to report**)

These numbers are in comparison to last years’ totals during first 24 hours.  DUI arrest data collection will continue through midnight Sunday, July 7, 2013.  Law enforcement officials are continuing DUI efforts throughout the county and region. Additionally, CHP throughout the state have all available officers patrolling freeways and county roads throughout the weekend.
For Thursday July 4th, all agencies will be staffing all available officers and extra DUI Saturation Patrols will be deployed in the cities of Oxnard, Camarillo, Ventura, Thousand Oaks, and Port Hueneme.  Police, Sheriff and the CHP encourage all motorists to help make your community safer: Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911.  Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
MEDIA NOTE:  Statistical data on the number of DUI arrests and DUI fatal crashes will be released from the previous day’s activities.  The checkpoint locations will be available for media opportunities or ride-alongs each night.

Avoid programs, named for the number of police agencies in each county, also will concentrate crackdowns during the 18-Day August/Labor Day period.  In recognition that summer season is among the deadliest time of the year, law enforcement agencies throughout the county will be making every effort to arrest drunk drivers before another life is lost.


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