News Story


Ventura County Sheriff's Office Receives Grant for Drug Recognition
11/5/2015 3:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Expert (DRE) Training Program

Ventura County Sheriff's Office Receives Grant for Drug Recognition


Throughout Ventura County

Date & Time:

November 5, 2015 3:00 p.m.

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ventura County Sheriff's Office ' Support Services Division


The Ventura County Sheriff's Office has been awarded a $243,000 grant from the California

Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program of training, special enforcements, and

public awareness efforts to prevent traffic related deaths and injuries. The Sheriff's Office will

use the funding as part of the County's ongoing commitment to keep our roadways safe and

improve the quality of life through both enforcement and training through the Drug Recognition

Expert (DRE) Training Program.

Commander Rick Barrios, Sheriff's DRE Committee Director, said, 'Drug impaired driving and the

use of illegal drugs continues to be a problem everywhere. Putting more DRE's on the street in

Ventura County will help the Sheriff's Office to keep our communities safe.'

After falling dramatically between 2006 and 2010, the number of persons killed and injured in

traffic collisions has been slowly rising. Particularly alarming are recent increases in pedestrian

and bicycle fatalities, the growing dangers of distracting technologies, and the emergence of

drug-impaired driving as a major problem. This grant funding will provide opportunities to combat

these and other devastating problems such as drunk driving, speeding and crashes at


'Overall, California's roadways are among the safest in the nation,' said OTS Director Rhonda

Craft. 'But to meet future mobility, safety, and accessible transportation objectives, we have to

reverse this recent trend in order to reach our common goal ' zero deaths on our roadways. The

Office of Traffic Safety and the Ventura County Sheriff's Office want to work with everyone to

create a culture of traffic safety across Ventura County and the state.'


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Activities that the grant will fund include:

' DRE staffing at DUI checkpoints

' DRE staffing for DUI saturation patrols

' Specialized DUI and drugged driving training such as Standardized Field Sobriety Testing

(SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), and DRE School

Funding for this program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National

Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Prepared by:

Captain Don Aguilar

News Release Date:

November 5, 2015

Media Follow-Up Contact:

Captain Don Aguilar (805) 797-7349

Approved by:


Commander Rick Barrios