News release - 1/30/2014

Published 1/30/2014 (all press releases for this day)

Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



INCIDENT: Avoid the 14 DUI Task Force Deploying DUI Saturation Patrols Super Bowl Sunday
DATE/TIME: Sunday, February 2, 2014
LOCATION: County of Ventura
PREPARED BY: Brian Woolley, Traffic Sergeant
Sergeant Brian Woolley (805) 385-7847  

DETAILS: The Super Bowl is one of America’s most highly anticipated sports events, when friends and family gather in homes, bars and restaurants to celebrate. As game day approaches and football fans across the country prepare for the game, the National Football League (NFL) the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have joined forces with the Ventura County Avoid the 14 DUI Task Force to spread the message about designating a sober driver on Super Bowl Sunday, because – Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.

“Several officers throughout Ventura County will be dedicated to DUI enforcement before, during and after the game.  No matter what team you want to win, everyone is a winner on Superbowl Sunday if the right choice is made to designate a sober driver before kick-off,” said Brian Woolley, Traffic Sergeant for the Oxnard Police Department. 
Nationally in 2012, alcohol-impaired-driving crashes took 10,322 lives.  Californians witnessed 802 deaths in DUI crashes on their streets and highways.  These crashes were 31 percent more likely to occur on weekends than on weekdays.
The Ventura County Avoid the 14 Coalition will be deploying special DUI Saturation Patrols in communities around the county.  Every regularly scheduled patrol officer working will be watching for the tell-tale signs of impaired driving before, during and after the game.
Whether watching at a bar or hosting a party, the NFL, the Office of Traffic Safety, NHTSA, and the Ventura County Avoid DUI Task Force reminds everyone that Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.  Before choosing to drink, choose your team’s MVP – a sober designated driver.
Never let friends drive if they have had too much to drink. Stay connected with OTS via:!/OTS_CA ,
Avoid the 14 DUI Task Force funding is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that reminds everyone to ‘Report Drunk Drivers!  Call 9-1-1.’
  DATE / TIME PREPARED: 1/30/14, 1100 hours

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