DUI Patrols to be deployed around the County this Cinco De Mayo weekend

dui.taskWith alcohol such a big part of many people’s Cinco de Mayo festivities, price it’s no surprise that drunk driving is especially high on May 5th. From 2008 to 2012, 233 people were killed in drunk driving crashes around Cinco de Mayo. In 2012, almost half (45%) of all traffic crash fatalities on Cinco de Mayo involved drunk driving. That tells us that people aren’t planning ahead. To help stem the roadway carnage, the Ventura County Avoid the 14 DUI Task Force is joining with others across the state and nation to remind party-goers that drunk driving should never be part of your Cinco de Mayo plans.

Starting tonight, DUI saturation patrols will be deployed this weekend in the cities of Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, and Oxnard looking to identify and stop suspected drunk drivers. Additionally, every routine traffic and patrol officer in Ventura County assigned to duty will be on heightened alert to prevent another senseless tragedy.

“Cinco de Mayo has unfortunately become one of the most dangerous days of the year, all because of drunk driving,” said Sergeant Brian Woolley, Traffic Sergeant with the Oxnard Police Department. “Some people have this misconception that they can drink a little, and drive safely,” he added, “but that’s just not true. Everyone needs to remember that Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving, and there’s never an excuse for it.”

Every 51 minutes in 2012, someone was killed in a drunk driving crash in the United States, and 89 of those fatalities were around Cinco de Mayo. In fact, from 2011 to 2012, the number of people killed in drunk driving crashes on Cinco de Mayo more than doubled. In all fatal crashes in 2012, seventy-one percent of the drunk drivers involved had blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) of .15 or higher—almost twice the legal limit.

“It’s a real tragedy that 10,322 people were killed in drunk driving crashes in our nation in 2012,” said Sergeant Woolley, “We have to put a stop to it.” Many lives have been lost or shattered due to drunk driving. Death and injury are the worst consequences, but they aren’t the only ones. A DUI conviction can cost you about $10,000, you could go to jail and lose your driver’s license.

This Cinco de Mayo, Ventura County’s Avoid the 14 DUI Task Force is cracking down on drunk driving, and those who are caught will be arrested. And think again – refusing a sobriety breath test won’t keep you out of trouble.  Refusal can result in enhanced penalties, including immediate loss of your driver’s license.

Remember, drunk driving is never the answer, and there’s always another option. If you are going to drink at all on Cinco de Mayo, designate a sober driver, because Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.

The 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.  The next county-wide DUI task force deployment will be for the Memorial Day Holiday Weekend, May 23rd – 26th.

Source: Oxnard PD


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6 years ago

DUI “patrols”/roadblocks are unconstitutional. They a blatant violation of the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution- remember that obscure document now being ignored by lawmaking bodies, police and even courts?

Running police press releases like this by publications like Citizens Journal only helps make it inappropriately look legitimate and desensitizes the public to this illegality. It’s a slippery slope, Citizen Journal. Wake up and do your duty.

How are these illegal fishing expeditions being paid for? It turns out that state and federal grants pay for most of these.