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Thousand Oaks - DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint Results Released
1/17/2018 4:00:00 PM

 

Nature of Incident:

DUI / Driver's License Checkpoint Results

Location:

City of Thousand Oaks

Date & Time:

January 13, 2018 from 8:00 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

Unit Responsible:

Thousand Oaks Police-Traffic Bureau

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

City of Residence

Age

(S) Serup, Stephen

(S) Mosser, Jennifer

Moorpark

Van Nuys

43

44

Narrative:

January DUI / Driver's License Checkpoint

On January 13, 2018, the Thousand Oaks Police Department Traffic Bureau conducted a DUI / Driver's License checkpoint at two locations in the City of Thousand Oaks. Two arrests for DUI were made. Traffic citations were also issued to several drivers.

The first location was eastbound Hampshire Road at Westlake Blvd. The second location was westbound Lynn Road at Capitan Street. 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.

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.

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.

During the listed Checkpoint Operation the following occurred:

' 464 vehicles were screened

' 2 DUI (adult) arrest-alcohol suspected

' 0 DUI (adult) drug impaired arrests

' 0 Arrested on other Criminal Charges

' 5 Drivers were cited/arrested for operating a vehicle while unlicensed or suspended/revoked

' A total of 8 citations were issued

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, visit http://www.ots.ca.gov/pdf/DDVIP-App.pdf.

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

The Thousand Oaks Police Department will be conducting another DUI/Driver's License checkpoint on March 24, 2018 (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, reminding everyone to 'Report Drunk Driver ' Call 9-1-1.'

Prepared by:

Carl Patterson, Sergeant

Media Release Date:

January 17, 2018

Media Follow-Up Contact:

Carl Patterson, Sergeant

805 373-2322

carl.patterson@ventura.org

Approved by:

Capt. Don Aguilar