News Story

 

DUI / Driver's License Checkpoint
3/21/2017 1:00:00 PM

 

Nature of Incident:

DUI / Driver's License Checkpoint

Location:

City of Thousand Oaks

Date & Time:

March 18, 2017 from 8:00 pm to 3:00 am

Unit Responsible:

Thousand oaks Police-Traffic Bureau

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

City of Residence

(S) Duffy, Thomas

Oak Park



Narrative:  

March DUI / Driver's License Checkpoint

 

On March 18, 2017, the Thousand Oaks Police Department-Traffic Bureau conducted a DUI / Driver's License checkpoint at two locations in the City of Thousand Oaks. The first location was west bound Lynn Road at Knollwood Drive from 9:30 pm to 11:22 pm. The second location was east bound Avenida De Los Arboles at Calle Haya from 11:58 p.m. to March 19 at 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 related injuries. A major component of these checkpoints are the deterrent effects it has on those who might drive alcohol and/ or drug impaired, bringing about more awareness and encouraging alcohol or drugged impaired drivers 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 yielding considerable cost savings of $6.00 for every $1.00 spent. Ninety percent of California drivers approve of checkpoints.

       

During the listed Checkpoint Operation the following occurred:

 

  • 301 vehicles were screened
  • One DUI (adult) arrest-alcohol suspected
  • No DUI drug impaired arrests
  • 5 drivers were cited/arrested for operating a vehicle while unlicensed or suspended/revoked
  • A total of 5 citations were issued for other vehicle code violations

Law Enforcement emphasizes the preventable nature of DUI, reminding everyone that all it takes is a little preplanning. Designate a sober driver, call a friend or family member for a ride or call a cab. Whatever you do, don't drink and drive or drive while drug impaired.

 

The California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP (Designated Driver VIP) mobile app is now available for free to 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.  For more information about DDVIP, visit http://www.ots.ca.gov/pdf/DDVIP-App.pdf

 

Drivers caught driving under the influence can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000. That does not include embarrassment when family and friends find out.

 

The Thousand Oaks Police Department will be conducting another DUI/Driver's License checkpoint on April 8, 2017 (Saturday) in our ongoing commitment to lowering deaths and related injuries on 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. Remember to report Drunk Drivers by calling     9-1-1.

 

Prepared by:

Dan Ambarian, Senior Deputy

 

Media Release Date:

March 21, 2017

 

Media Follow-Up Contact:

Carl  Patterson, Sergeant (805) 373-2322

carl.patterson@ventura.org

 

 

Approved by:

 

Captain Don Aguilar