Oxnard DUI Checkpoint and DUI Enforcement Patrols Net Five Arrests

The Oxnard Police Department Traffic Unit conducted two DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoints on March 17, 2017 between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. The first checkpoint was conducted in the southbound lanes of Oxnard Boulevard north of Citrus Grove Lane. The second checkpoint was conducted in the southbound lanes of Rose Avenue south of Tiesa Lane. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.  

High visibility enforcement, which include DUI/Driver’s License checkpoints and DUI enforcement patrols, have been shown to lower DUI deaths and injuries.  A major component of these checkpoints are the deterrent effects it has on those who might drive alcohol or drug impaired, bringing about more awareness, and encouraging everyone to use sober designated drivers. 

The following are the results of the DUI checkpoints and DUI enforcement patrols:

DUI Checkpoints

  • 788 Vehicles Screened
  • 1 Misdemeanor arrest
  • 10 drivers cited/ arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed or while suspended/ revoked
  • 8 citations issued
  • 5 vehicles were towed

DUI Enforcement Patrols

  • 1 driver arrested for DUI
  • 3 drivers arrested/cited for operating a vehicle unlicensed or while suspended/ revoked.
  • 1 misdemeanor arrest
  • 24 citations issued
  •  2 vehicles were towed

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.  The feature-packed app even has social media tie-ins and even a tab for the non-designated driver to call Uber, Lyft, or Curb.

Studies of California drivers have shown that 30 percent of drivers involved 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 caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.

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