News release - 3/13/2014

Published 3/13/2014 (all press releases for this day)

Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



INCIDENT: DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint 
DATE/TIME: March 15, 2014 / 2000-0300 Hours 
PREPARED BY: Senior Officer Jamie Brown, Traffic Coordinator
Senior Officer Jamie Brown (805) 385-7749

DETAILS: The Oxnard Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Saturday, March 15, 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.
Drivers who are under 21 years of age are reminded that even a minimal amount of alcohol in their system is illegal. A driver under 21 years of age, with a blood alcohol level of 0.01% or more, is considered under the influence and is subject to arrest, fines and loss of their driving privileges for one year or longer.
The Oxnard Police Department would like to remind all drivers to plan ahead and if they plan on drinking, designate a sober driver. This simple plan could save a life.
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.

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