News release - 11/14/2013

Published 11/14/2013 (all press releases for this day)

Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



INCIDENT: Oxnard Police Department Receives Grants for DUI and Traffic Enforcement Campaigns 
DATE/TIME: October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014
LOCATION: City of Oxnard and County of Ventura
PREPARED BY: Brian Woolley, Traffic Sergeant
Brian Woolley (805) 385-7847

The Oxnard Police Department has been awarded new traffic safety grants for an anti-DUI and traffic safety program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on Oxnard and Ventura County roadways.  Enforcement measures to combat impaired and unsafe driving habits are coming as a result of recent grants totaling $518,807 awarded by the California Office of Traffic Safety to the City of Oxnard. The Oxnard Police Department is dedicated to keeping our streets safe through both enforcement and education.
“The Oxnard Police Department, in partnership with the California Office of Traffic Safety and the AVOID Campaign, believe that safety is our highest priority,” said Oxnard Police Chief Jeri Williams.  “These educational efforts have undoubtedly saved lives. This coincides with our mission statement of “Protecting Our Community with Exceptional Service,” and we are pleased to have been awarded this funding to continue to educate our community.”
The grant funding is used to assist in efforts to reduce the number of persons injured and killed in collisions, especially those involving alcohol and other drugs. 
Activities that the grants will fund include DUI/Driver License Checkpoints, Avoid the 14 multi-agency DUI Task Force deployments, and local DUI saturation patrols.  It will also include motorcycle safety enforcement, distracted driving enforcement and occupant restraint enforcement.  Additionally, funding will target the ‘worst of the worst’ repeat DUI offenders with Warrant/Probation Sweeps and Court Sting Enforcement Operations focusing on DUI offenders with suspended licenses who drive from court hearings after being ordered not to by a judge.
Drunk and drugged driving remains the number one killer on California roadways, with 774 deaths and over 24,000 injuries in 2011.  A large part of grant funding will go to DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoints – highly visible, highly publicized events not only meant to make arrests, but to deter impaired driving in the first place.  Crashes involving alcohol have been shown drop by up to 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent, and are supported by nearly 90 percent of California drivers.
Agencies participating in the ‘AVOID the 14’ taskforce include:
Oxnard Police Department
California Highway Patrol
Camarillo Police Department
Fillmore Police Department
Moorpark Police Department
Ojai Police Department
Thousand Oaks Police Department
Port Hueneme Police Department
Santa Paula Police Department
Ventura Police Department
Simi Valley Police Department
California State University Channel Islands
Alcohol and Beverage Control of Ventura County
Ventura County District Attorney’s Office
Funding for the grant comes from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 
  DATE / TIME PREPARED:  November 14, 2013, 1030 Hours

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