Simi DUI Checkpoint nets 3 arrests, several suspended and unlicensed drivers

The Simi Valley Police Department Traffic Bureau conducted a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on August 26, 2017, at Erringer Road South of Royal Avenue between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. 

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. 

In recent years, California has seen a disturbing increase in drug-impaired driving crashes. The Simi Valley 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 can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI. 

Studies of California drivers have shown 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. 

One of the DUI alcohol related arrests at the checkpoint involved a 43 year-old female from Simi Valley who enjoyed the evening with friends watching the Mayweather / McGregor fight. After being arrested for having a blood alcohol level of .15%, she said something interesting to the arresting officer. She told the officer she was celebrating the fact that she had not been killed in a serious DUI collision on August 26, 2016 (Exactly 1 year ago) when she was arrested for DUI. This suspect was also driving on a suspended license (for DUI) and had an outstanding arrest warrant stemming from her DUI arrest the year prior. 

She, along with the two other DUI drivers who entered the checkpoint, were booked at Ventura County Main Jail without incident. 

Notable Statistics 

852 Vehicles screened through the checkpoint; 

3 DUI-Alcohol suspects arrested 

5 vehicles towed 

6 Drivers cited/arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed or while suspended/revoked 

20 Citations issued for violations such as no license in possession; no insurance; no issued license; driving on a suspended license and making an illegal U-turn. 

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-DD to call Uber, Lyft or Curb. 

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. 

The Simi Valley Police Traffic Bureau will be conducting additional DUI / Drivers License Checkpoints and DUI Saturation Patrols throughout the year in our ongoing commitment to lowering deaths and injuries upon our streets and highways. 

The checkpoint was funded 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’.

Don’t drive impaired- Whether Boozed/Drugged

Photo Credits: Sim Valley Police Department

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