News release - 12/28/2013

Published 12/28/2013 (all press releases for this day)

Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



For Immediate Release                                                                                   December 28, 2013
Sergeant Brian Woolley, Oxnard Police, 805-385-7847,
Senior Officer Maria Peña, Oxnard Police, 805-385-7750,
Winter Holiday AVOID DUI campaign – Saturday update 11
DUI Arrests Up & 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 during the past days in Ventura County.
From 12:01 AM Friday December 13, 2013 through Midnight Friday December 27, 2013 officers representing Ventura County law enforcement agencies have arrested 176 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  In 2012, 124 DUI arrests occurred during the same fifteen (15) day time period.
Last year and this year there were no DUI deaths reported. 
            (**NOTE: These numbers are only provisional with some agencies yet to report**)
On Friday night, December 27th 2013, between the hours of 8:00 P.M. and 3:00 A.M., the Oxnard Police Department conducted a DUI/Driver’s license checkpoint. The checkpoint was conducted in the southbound lanes of Oxnard Boulevard just south of Esplanade Drive and in the westbound lanes of Vineyard Avenue just south of Esplanade Drive. Officers from Oxnard PD screened 733 motorists who passed through the checkpoints. Two (2) DUI investigations were conducted and one (1) of those drivers was arrested for driving while under the influence. One driver, when contacted, had a gun on his lap. The driver was subsequently arrested for possession of narcotics and having an open container of alcohol in the vehicle. The gun located on the driver was found to be an air pellet gun. A passenger in the same vehicle was also arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and having an open container of alcohol in the vehicle. Citations were issued to 22 drivers for various Vehicle Code violations. Five (5) drivers were issued citations for driving without a valid driver’s license, no drivers were issued for driving with a suspended driver’s license, and one (1) vehicle was towed from the checkpoint. 

For this weekend and into New Year’s holiday period extra local DUI Saturation Patrols will be deployed in the cities of Oxnard, Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, Moorpark, Ventura, and Simi Valley.  The CHP are deploying all available officers for their Maximum Enforcement Period during the day New Year’s holiday period. 
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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