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Thousand Oaks - Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving
1/29/2018 2:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

February Traffic Safety Awareness ' Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving


City of Thousand Oaks

Date & Time:

Month of February 2018

Unit Responsible:

Thousand Oaks Police Department-Traffic Bureau


Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving

The Thousand Oaks Police Department strives to promote traffic safety within the community. In an effort to recognize certain hazards while driving, the Traffic Bureau has started a monthly traffic awareness reminder program, addressing a traffic topic each month. While we focus on a specific topic each month, it's always imperative to constantly strive to follow all rules of the road. The month of February is dedicated to "Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving".

California law states it is illegal to drive a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level equal to or greater than .08%. In addition, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of a drug or the combined influence of alcohol and drugs.

Here are some important facts you should know:

1. Impairment is not reliant upon the type of alcohol consumed, rather the number of drinks over a certain period of time. Despite myths and misconceptions, coffee, a cold shower, or exercise will not make a person more sober; only time will.

2. On average, a drunk driver will drive 80 times under the influence before their first arrest.

3. Every 51 minutes in America, someone is killed in a drunk driving crash. That equates to 27 people every day. Offer to be a designated driver to ensure that everybody gets home safe.

4. For drivers under 21, the U.S. has a No Tolerance policy that does not allow any alcohol to be in the blood system while behind the wheel. The consequences could include expensive fines, loss of license, or jail.

5. One recent study found that drivers who were "minimally buzzed" or "buzzed" were often to blame for fatal accidents. The term "minimally buzzed" includes drivers who had a BAC of .01, which is well within the legal limit. Researchers examined more than 570,000 fatal accidents. The results: Drinking and driving with

The Traffic Bureau urges citizens to drive responsibly. Designate a sober driver. Call a friend or family member for a ride or call a cab. 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 on DDVVIP, Alcohol Impaired Driving, and more, visit:

Driver's 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. Remember,

any alcohol in the body is dangerous and leads to more severe accidents. BUZZED DRIVING IS DRUNK DRIVING.

Prepared by:

Dennis Sliva, Sergeant

Media Release Date:

January 29, 2018

Media Follow-Up Contact:

Dennis Sliva, Sergeant

(805) 494-8262

Approved by:

Capt. Don Aguilar