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Thousand Oaks - Labor Day DUI Enforcement Campaign
8/21/2012 4:30:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Labor Day DUI Enforcement Campaign


'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over'

Report Number:



Ventura County / Thousand Oaks

Date & Time:

August 17, 2012 thru September 3, 2012

Unit Responsible:

Thousand Oaks Police Department Traffic Bureau








Thousand Oaks PD Set For Crackdown on Impaired Driving


Law Enforcement Reminds Drivers to End the Summer on a Safe Note


Thousand Oaks, CA. If you drink and drive in Thousand Oaks, beware, the Thousand Oaks Police Department is joining with law enforcement throughout the state for the 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign August 17 to September 3, 2012.   DUI/Driver's License Checkpoints are scheduled for August 17, 2012 and August 25, 2012 at undisclosed locations within the City beginning at 7:00 PM, during the Summer/Labor Day Campaign. 


The crime of impaired driving is a serious one. In 2010 alone, 791 people died in California in crashes in which a driver or motorcycle rider was at or above the legal limit.  The age group with the highest percentage of alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes was the 21-to-24 age group.


 'On average there is one alcohol impaired driving-related fatality every 51 minutes across America.  This tragic loss of life can be reduced if we get impaired drivers off our roadways,' said Sgt. Barbara Payton.  'Research has shown that high-visibility enforcement like the 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign reduces alcohol-impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent.  By joining this statewide effort, we will make the roadways of Thousand Oaks safer for everyone throughout the Labor Day period.'


The Ventura County Avoid the 14 DUI Task Force will also deploy DUI Driver's License Checkpoints, Multi Agency DUI Task Force operations and local Roving DUI patrols during the 18 day Summer/Labor Day Campaign.


 'Obviously we want to remind everyone that it is illegal to drive impaired, and we hope the campaign will remind people that if they plan on drinking, to never get behind the wheel,' said Sgt. Payton.  'If someone does choose to drive impaired, we will arrest them. No warnings. No excuses.' 


Violators will face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, or being sentenced to use ignition interlocks. Additionally, other financial consequences include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, the potential loss of job or job prospects and increased insurance premiums. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators can also face tremendous personal embarrassment and humiliation.


This operation is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which reminds everyone to Report Drunk Driving ' Call 9-1-1!





Deputy Preparing Media Release:

Sergeant R. Harwood

Media Release Date:

August 16, 2012

Follow-Up Contact:

Sergeant B. Payton 805 494-8271

Approved by:

Captain J. Fryhoff