News release - 12/15/2013

Published 12/15/2013 (all press releases for this day)

Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief




Winter Holiday AVOID DUI campaign – SUNDAY update 2

DATE/TIME: 12/15/13
LOCATION: County-Wide
PREPARED BY: Senior Officer Maria Peña
Senior Officer Maria Peña, Oxnard Police, 805-385-7750,

Winter Holiday AVOID DUI campaign – SUNDAY update 2
DUI Arrests Down & No DUI Fatalities
The Winter Holiday Anti-DUI crackdown has resulted in a significant number of DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special Avoid the 14 DUI deployments and routine patrols overnight in Ventura County.
From 12:01 AM Friday December 13, 2013 through Midnight Saturday December 14, 2013 officers representing Ventura county law enforcement agencies have arrested 11 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  In 2012, 19 DUI arrests occurred during the same 48 hour time period.
Last year there were no DUI deaths reported.
            (**NOTE: These numbers are only provisional with some agencies yet to report**)
On Saturday night, December 14th, 2013, between the hours of 8:00 P.M. and 3:00 A.M., Avoid the 14 conducted a DUI/Driver’s license checkpoint in the City of Simi Valley. The checkpoint was conducted in the southbound lanes of Tapo Canyon Road south of Alamo Street. Officers from Simi Valley PD, Moorpark PD, Thousand Oaks PD, Oxnard PD and Cal State University of Channel Islands screened 694 motorists who passed through the checkpoints. Three (3) DUI investigations were conducted and one (1) of those drivers was arrested for driving while under the influence. Citations were issued to 15 drivers for various Vehicle Code violations. Four (4) drivers were issued citations for driving without a valid driver’s license, one (1) was issued for driving with a suspended driver’s license, and three (3) vehicles were towed from the checkpoint. 

Extra local DUI Saturation Patrols will be deployed in the cities of Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Moorpark, and Thousand Oaks.   
All regularly scheduled traffic and patrol officers will focus efforts at stopping and arresting DUI drivers during their normal shifts.  Multiple DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoints, Multi Agency DUI Task Force operations and local Roving DUI patrols are all part of this region-wide crackdown during the 20 day Winter Holiday Campaign.
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 New Year’s Weekend, midnight Sunday, January 1, 2014.

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