News Story


Thousand Oaks - Driver's License / DUI Checkpoint
1/9/2018 2:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Driver's License/DUI Checkpoint


Thousand Oaks, CA

Date & Time:

January 13, 2018 8:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.

Unit Responsible:

Thousand Oaks Police - Traffic Bureau


Driver's License/DUI Checkpoint Planned

Thousand Oaks, CA ' The Thousand Oaks Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a

Driver's License/DUI Checkpoint on January 13, 2018 at an undisclosed location(s) within the

city limits.

In recent years, California has seen a disturbing increase in drug-impaired driving crashes.

The Thousand Oaks 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.

The deterrent effect of High Visibility Enforcement using both DUI checkpoints and DUI

Saturation Patrols has proven to lower the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or

drug impaired crashes. Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be

reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized proactive DUI operations are conducted


DUI Checkpoints like this one are placed in locations based on collision statistics and

frequency of DUI arrests, affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged

driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the


In California, alcohol involved collisions led to 1,155 deaths and nearly 24,000 serious injuries

in 2014 because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Locally, over the course of the

past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 8 lives and resulted in 91 injury crashes harming

our friends and neighbors.

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, with officers checking

drivers for proper licensing, delaying motorists only momentarily. When possible, specially

trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which

now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes.

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. Everyone should be mindful that

if you're taking medication ' whether prescription or over-the-counter ' drinking even small

amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify the impairment affects.

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.

For more information about DDVIP, visit:

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines,

fees, DUI classes, license suspensions and other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to

mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Thousand Oaks Police Department by a grant

from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety

Administration, reminding everyone to 'Report Drunk Drivers ' Call 9-1-1'.

Prepared by:

Carl Patterson, Sergeant

News Story Date:

January 9, 2018

Follow-Up Contact:

Office (805) 373-2322

Carl Patterson, Sergeant

Approved by:

Captain Don Aguilar