News release - 1/22/2014
Published 1/22/2014 (all press releases for this day)
OXNARD POLICE DEPARTMENT
DETAILS: The Oxnard Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday, January 24, 2014 at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 8:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment with officers checking drivers for proper licensing delaying motorists only momentarily. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving.
Recent statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol.
In 2013, there were 1,519 collisions in the City of Oxnard. Of those collisions, 745 involved an injury to one or more persons. Also in 2013, there were 149 collisions involving an impaired driver which resulted in 60 injured persons and 1 death.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent. Nearly 90 percent of California drivers approve of DUI checkpoints.
Funding for this checkpoint is provided to The Oxnard Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1.
DATE / TIME PREPARED: January 22, 2014 / 1730 hours
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