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Thousand Oaks - Memorial Weekend DUI Enforcement
5/22/2014 2:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Memorial Day Weekend Holiday DUI Enforcement

Report Number:



Thousand Oaks, Moorpark and Ventura CA

Date & Time:

May 24, 2014 through May 26, 2014

Unit Responsible:

Thousand Oaks Police Traffic Bureau

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

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Memorial Day Weekend Holiday DUI Crackdown


High Visibility Avoid DUI Campaign Set for Holiday Weekend


Thousand Oaks, CA ' The Avoid the 14 DUI Task Force is deploying officers this holiday weekend at DUI/Drivers License Checkpoints and DUI Saturation Patrols countywide to stop and arrest drunk or drugged drivers and to heighten awareness of the deadly combination that alcohol, drugs, and driving can have on this first holiday weekend of the summer season. 


Along with warm weather and start of the vacation season, it's also the season for college and high school graduations.   With so many reasons for celebrations, law enforcement is sending two messages: 1) don't drink and drive, nor ride with someone who has been drinking, and 2) extra officers will working to stop and arrest those who drive impaired.


The start of the summer season on this 3-day holiday weekend will find law enforcement reminding everyone to make plans now for those weekend trips and celebrations.  Make sure to use a 'Designated Sober Driver' to prevent arrest or worse, a deadly driving tragedy.


The County's DUI Task Force kicks off Friday night by deploying DUI/Drivers License checkpoint in the city of Ventura.  More local DUI Saturation Patrols will be out on Saturday and Sunday nights in the cities of Thousand Oaks and Moorpark.  The California Highway Patrol is deploying all available officers Memorial Day weekend onto freeways and county roads as part of their Maximum Enforcement Period.


Law enforcement region-wide is asking for everyone's support this holiday weekend and all summer long:


  • Plan ahead.  Arrange rides home for your friends, family, co-workers and yourself before the drinking begins.
  • Those hosting celebrations and servers must limit drinks to your guests or patrons.  Don't serve more than one or two over several hours.
  • Identify and provide free non-alcoholic drinks to the Designated Sober Driver.  For tasty drink recipes, visit the DDrink Mixology Center at
  • If you are the Designated Driver, download the special Smartphone app that makes you the VIP, with free non-alcoholic drinks and other freebies '
  • Cut back on the amount of drinks you plan to bring to the party ' and provide plenty of food.
  • If you see dangerous driving, Report Drunk Drivers ' Call 9-1-1!




In addition to the Memorial Day DUI crackdown, law enforcement nationwide is looking to stop and ticket those who have failed to buckle up or secure young passengers.  Remember Click It or Ticket!


Funding for the Avoid DUI Task Force is by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  The Avoid Task Force will deploy checkpoints and DUI patrols next during the Independence Day Holiday and for the summer August/Labor Day DUI Mobilization.


Note: See Attached Enforcement Schedule of operations for dates/locations/times within the county.


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Prepared by:

Sergeant Brad Clifton


Media Release Date:

May 22, 2014


Follow-Up Contact:

Sergeant Brad Clifton


Approved by:

Captain Eric Dowd



Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).