OXNARD, Calif. - The Oxnard Police Department Traffic Unit, Port Hueneme Police Department, and the California Highway Patrol arrested seven people on suspicion of driving under the influence between Saturday night and Sunday morning.
Two DUI and Driver's License Checkpoints were set up. The first checkpoint was located southbound on Oxnard Blouvard south of Esplanade Drive. The second checkpoint was located southbound on Victoria Avenue south of Hemlock Street.
The Oxnard Police Department supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety to educate all drivers that "DUI Doesn't Just Mean Booze." Police say drivers that take prescription drugs 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.
A study of California drivers showed that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their system.
The following are the results of the DUI/Driver's License Checkpoints:
- 1,914 vehicles screened
- Two drivers arrested for felony warrants
- One DUI (drugs) arrest
- Six DUI (alcohol) arrests
- 18 drivers cited/arrested for operating a vehicle while unlicensed and/or while suspended
- 35 citations issued
- 5 vehicles were towed
Drivers are encouraged by the police department to download the free 'Designated Driver VIP' mobile app for Android or iPhone. The app helps drivers find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives like free non-alcoholic drinks or free appetizers. The app has a social media feature and a tab for non-designated drivers to call for an Uber, Lyft or Curb.
The Oxnard Police Department reminds everyone to 'Report Drunk Drivers - Call 9-1-1.'