News release - 8/26/2013

Published 8/26/2013 (all press releases for this day)

Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief




Summer/Labor DAY AVOID DUI campaign – Monday update 8

DATE/TIME: August 26, 2013
LOCATION: County-wide
PREPARED BY: Senior Officer Maria Peña, Oxnard Police
Senior Officer Maria Peña, Oxnard Police, 805-385-7750,

Summer/Labor DAY AVOID DUI campaign – Monday update 8
The Summer/Labor Day National Anti-DUI update of DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special Avoid the 14 DUI deployments in Ventura County are updated.
From 12:01 AM Friday August 16, 2013 through Midnight Sunday August 25, 2013, officers representing 14 county law enforcement agencies have arrested 117 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  No DUI deaths have been reported during this year’s mobilization.
Last year there were no DUI deaths reported.
            (**NOTE: These numbers are only provisional with some agencies yet to report**)
On August 24th, 2013, between the hours of 7:00 P.M. and 1:00 A.M., Avoid the 14 conducted a DUI/Driver’s license checkpoint in the City of Camarillo. The checkpoint was conducted in the northbound lanes of Arneill Road north of Las Posas Drive and in northbound lanes of Las Posas Road south of Ventura Boulevard. Officers from Camarillo PD, Santa Paula PD, Moorpark PD, Port Hueneme PD, and Oxnard PD screened 625 motorists who passed through the checkpoints. 12 (twelve) DUI investigations were conducted on several of the drivers. Of the 12 drivers, four (4) drivers were arrested for driving while under the influence. Citations were issued to five (5) drivers for various Vehicle Code violations. Three (3) 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 one vehicles were towed from the checkpoint. 
The checkpoint conducted by the city of Camarillo was held in honor of Kim Hemminger.  On July 22, 2012, Kim died as a result of a DUI traffic collision.  Kim was a passenger in a vehicle when the alcohol impaired driver lost control and the vehicle rolled over.  Kim died from her injuries.  The driver, Christopher Blankenship was later convicted of vehicular manslaughter.  The Camarillo Police Department took this opportunity to share Kim’s story and her beautiful life, a life that was cut short due to the actions of an impaired driver.   
On August 19th and 26th, 2013, the Avoid the 14 Coalition and the Oxnard Police Department conducted two separate court stings. Officers targeted subjects who had suspended drivers licenses for DUI and drove from the Ventura County Superior Court. Officers issued nine (9) citations to drivers who had suspended licenses for DUI and towed nine (9) vehicles.   
On August 26th, 2013, the Oxnard Police Department conducted a DUI Stake out which targeted subjects with suspended drivers licenses for DUI. Officers arrested one subject for an outstanding DUI warrant.
Over the course of the next several days of the campaign, extra DUI Saturation Patrols will be deployed in the cities of Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Simi Valley, Camarillo, Moorpark, and on the campus of Cal. State University of Channel Islands.   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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