The Oxnard Police Department is Arresting Drunk Drivers This Holiday Season. Remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
|INCIDENT:||DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint|
|DATE/TIME:||December 21, 2017 / 5:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.|
|PREPARED BY:||Ricardo Vazquez, Sergeant|
|CONTACT PERSON:||Jamie Brown, Senior Officer (805) 385-7749|
Update (see original news release information below):
Due to the mutual aid request related to the Thomas Fire, the DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint scheduled on December 16, 2017, was canceled. However, in order to educate the public about the dangers of impaired driving and to create safer roadways during this holiday season, the Oxnard Police Department rescheduled the DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint to be held December 21, 2017, between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m.
Funding for these DUI operations 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.
ORIGINAL RELEASE, DATE / TIME PREPARED: 12/15/17 9:30 a.m.
This holiday season, The Oxnard Police Department will work around the clock to keep drivers and passengers safe as they search for impaired drivers. From December 15, 2017, through January 1, 2018, law enforcement is partnering with the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in a special year-end Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement mobilization to get impaired drivers off the street and to spread the word about this dangerous crime.
As part of the holiday enforcement campaign period, police, sheriff and the CHP will be deploying DUI Checkpoints and DUI Saturation Patrols during the upcoming 18-day DUI crackdown throughout the region. The Oxnard Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on December 16, 2017, between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. The Oxnard Police Department will also be conducting DUI Saturation Patrols on the weekends leading up to the New Year, including New Year’s Eve.
Driving under the influence of alcohol can have deadly, devastating consequences. Nationally in 2016, 37,461 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes, and 28 percent (10,497) died in crashes where a driver had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over the limit of .08. California reported 1,059 DUI deaths at .08 or above.
In recent years, California has seen an increase in drug-impaired driving crashes. The Oxnard Police Department supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety that aims to educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI. Marijuana use can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI.
“Two simple words can keep your holiday festivities safe – plan ahead,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. “Before you head out to any celebration, plan how you are getting home safely. If you are drinking, that means knowing what sober driver or service you will be using.”
Drivers are encouraged to download the Designated Driver VIP, or “DDVIP,” free mobile app for Android or iPhone. The DDVIP app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more.
Funding for these DUI operations 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’.