News release - 8/17/2013

Published 8/17/2013 (all press releases for this day)

Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



INCIDENT:   Summer/Labor DAY AVOID DUI campaign – SATURDAY update 1
DATE:   August 17, 2013
LOCATION:   Ventura County
PREPARED BY:   Senior Officer Maria Peña, Oxnard Police, 805-385-7750,
  Sergeant Brian Woolley, Oxnard Police, 805-385-7847,
   Senior Officer Maria Peña, Oxnard Police, 805-385-7750,


 Summer/Labor DAY AVOID DUI campaign – SATURDAY update 1
DUI Arrests are unknown if they are Up or Down & DUI Fatalities Remain the same – No Fatalities

The Summer/Labor Day National 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 Friday August 16, 2013 through Midnight Friday August 16, 2013 officers representing 14 county law enforcement agencies have arrested eight individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  In 2012 it is unknown how many DUI arrests occurred during the same 24 hour time period, the data will be provided on a future press release.
Last year there were no DUI deaths reported. 
(**NOTE: These numbers are only provisional with some agencies yet to report**)
On August 16, 2013, between the hours of 9:00 P.M. and 3:00 A.M., officers from the Oxnard Police Department conducted a DUI/Driver’s license checkpoints. The checkpoint was conducted in the southbound lanes of Rose Avenue just south of Tiesa Lane. Officers screened 1,140 motorists who passed through the checkpoints and conducted four DUI investigations on drivers who had been drinking alcohol. Of those investigations, one driver was arrested for DUI alcohol. Citations were issued to 11 drivers for various Vehicle Code violations. seven drivers were issued citations for driving without a valid driver’s license, no drivers was cited for driving with a suspended driver’s license, and two vehicles were towed from the checkpoint. 
Saturday, August 17th a DUI Checkpoint will be conducted in the city of Simi Valley extra DUI Saturation Patrols will be deployed in the cities of Oxnard. All regularly scheduled traffic and patrol officers will focus efforts at stopping and arresting DUI drivers during their normal shifts. 
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 Labor Day midnight Monday, September 2, 2013.  Avoid programs, named for the number of police agencies in each county, Multiple/DUI Driver’s License Checkpoints, Multi Agency DUI Task Force operations and local Roving DUI patrols are set region wide during 18 day Summer/Labor Day Campaign.
MEDIA NOTE:   The checkpoint locations and saturation patrols will be made available for media opportunities or ride-a-longs each night.



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