News Story

 

DUI and Driver's License Checkpoint
9/17/2016 5:00:00 PM

 

Nature of Incident:

DUI and Driver's License Checkpoint

Report Number:

RB# 16-141244 and RB# 16-141296

Location:

Thousand Oaks, California

Date & Time:

September 17, 2016, 9:00 pm to 3:00 am

Unit Responsible:

Thousand Oaks Police Traffic Bureau

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

Age

(S) Tobin, Christopher

(S) Manroy-Venegas, Neris

West Hills

Thousand Oaks

47

40

Narrative:

 

DUI Checkpoint Nets 2 Arrests

 

Thousand Oaks, CA ' The Thousand Oaks Police Department Traffic Bureau conducted a DUI/Driver's License checkpoint on September 17, 2016, on Avenida De Los Arboles east of Moorpark Road between the hours of 9:00 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.  

 

DUI/Driver's License checkpoints 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 drunk or drugged impaired, bringing about more awareness and encouraging everyone to use sober designated drivers. 

 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent.  Ninety Percent of California drivers approve of checkpoints.

 

During the checkpoint, Mr. Tobin made an illegal u-turn, thus avoiding entering the checkpoint  He was contacted by deputies and determined to be driving while impaired.  He was arrested for 23152 (a) VC / DUI.  Mr. Manroy-Venegas was contacted near the checkpoint after a citizen contacted deputies advising he was driving erratically and almost struck their vehicle.  He was arrested for 23152 (a)/(b) VC/ DUI and Blood Alcohol over the legal limit. 

 

Checkpoint statistics: 

 

349 Vehicles Screened

2 DUI-Alcohol suspects arrested

0 DUI-Drug impaired suspects arrested

0 Suspects arrested for illegal drugs (possession/transportation/sales)

0 Arrested on other Criminal Charges

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

3 Citations issued.

 

Law Enforcement emphasizes the preventable nature of drunk driving reminding everyone that all it takes is a little planning ahead.  Designate a sober driver or call a cab.  But whatever you do, don't drink and drive.  The California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP (Designated Driver VIP) mobile app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices.  Launched last year, the new DDVIP app offers enhanced features, allowing users to 'Map a Spot' with their current location to find DDVIP partnering establishments in their area or a 'List of Spots' to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California.  Users will be offered free incentives at each bar to celebrate their life saving role.  They can stay up-to-date with the latest from DDVIP and see what other users are saying via its social tab.  Also through the app, for those who want to imbibe but also make it a point to plan ahead, users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb ' all from one screen. 

 

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

 

With the upcoming holiday season, the Thousand Oaks Police Department will be diligently enforcing our distracted driver laws 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'.

 

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Prepared by:

Sergeant B. Payton

 

Media Release Date:

September 17, 2016

 

Media Follow-Up Contact:

Sergeant B. Payton

barbara.payton@ventura.org

 

 

Approved by:

Captain Jim Fryhoff

 







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