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Ventura County, California – DUI Checkpoint Scheduled for Thousand Oaks Saturday, December 19th, 2009

By admin • Dec 19th, 2009 • Category: DUI Checkpoints, Topic

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Although they would far rather talk to sober drivers during traffic stops and at sobriety checkpoints, law enforcement officers in Ventura County expect they will arrest a few hundred of the other kind during a 17-day crackdown that begins Friday, Dec. 18.

Avoid the 14’s fourth-annual winter holiday crackdown ends at midnight on January 3, said Commander Martin Meyer of the Oxnard Police Dept., campaign chairman.

Officers and deputies brought in 470 DUI suspects during last year’s similar holiday crackdown, a five percent bump over the previous year, and 64 percent above the 2006-2007 winter numbers, Avoid the 14’s first year.

“If you drink and drive, you don’t just have the police to worry about,” said Meyer. “Think of all the drivers out there with cellular phones, just waiting to make a mobile 911 call and get us out after you.”

The enforcement blitz includes a sobriety checkpoint in Thousand Oaks on Saturday, Dec. 19, and another in Fillmore on Jan. 2.

Officers from seven cities, including Camarillo, Fillmore, Moorpark, Ojai, Oxnard, Santa Paula and Thousand Oaks will run in-city saturation patrols on the opening weekend and Christmas weekend of the crackdown.

An intense DUI task force operation is set for Saturday, Dec. 26, and California Highway Patrol freeway saturations are on the enforcement calendar for Christmas and New Year’s weekends.

No DUI deaths were reported in any of the past three winter holiday crackdowns. “That’s the best news we could have,” said Meyer. “We’re hoping for a repeat.”

“Drunk driving is simply not worth the risk. Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for impaired driving can be significant,” said Director Christopher J. Murphy of the California Office of Traffic Safety, which funds the campaign through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“Violators often face jail time, the loss of their driver’s license, higher insurance rates, attorney’s fees, time away from work and dozens of other expenses. So don’t take the chance. Remember, if you are at the limit or over the limit, you are under arrest.”

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