One Driver Arrested at the Oxnard DUI Checkpoint

Oxnard, Ca. – 1504 drivers were screened while driving through a DUI checkpoint on March 17, 2021. The checkpoint was held at Oxnard Blvd. south of Wagon Wheel Road from 5:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. 

Fourteen drivers were cited for operating a vehicle unlicensed or with a suspended/revoked license. One driver was arrested for DUI.

Checkpoint locations are based on a history of crashes and DUI arrests. The primary purpose of checkpoints is not to make arrests, but to promote public safety by deterring drivers from driving impaired.

As businesses continue to reopen, including bars and restaurants, impaired driving remains a top traffic safety concern.  Funding for this checkpoint was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Ray Blattel

I wonder how much it cost to catch only 15 drivers (out of 1504) in violation? Of course, most of this cost probably came from State Grants, but still. Plus I still ask this question of Oxnard Police – since this is a DUI checkpoint (which should be assessing the presence of alcohol or drug influences while driving), why are you asking for the driver’s license? And since you are asking for the driver’s license, why not also ask to see proof of insurance? Isn’t this also State law? It takes the same amount of time to reach for both IDs. I’ve had a lengthy discussion about this with the former Police Chief in Oxnard. There is no good rationale and the documentation that he cited only proved otherwise. It is a proven fact that roving patrols are more effective in catching drivers under the influence that a checkpoint.