2017-03-17 / Community

Recent checkpoint nets zero DUI arrests

No one was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol earlier this month during a six-hour DUI and driver’s license checkpoint in Camarillo.

“I would consider it a success,” Sgt. Sean Britt of the Camarillo Police Department traffic bureau said of the checkpoint at Pleasant Valley Road and Village at the Park Drive. “Really, the point of the checkpoint is to . . . educate drivers not to drive while intoxicated.”

Britt said 322 vehicles were screened during the checkpoint, which began about 9 p.m. Sat., March 4 and ended around 3 a.m. Sun., March 5.

It had been announced by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office two days before.

One man, 22, was arrested on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant and 11 drivers were cited and released for driving without a license or with a suspended license.

Additionally, four drivers were cited for miscellaneous vehicle code violations.

Britt said police officers performed tests on drivers in their cars, only asking one person to step outside the vehicle.

That driver, he said, was having a diabetic episode, which can sometimes make a person look to be under the influence.

According to a statement released by the sheriff’s office last week, collisions involving alcohol led to 1,155 deaths and nearly 24,000 serious injuries in California in 2014.

Over the past three years, the statement said, the Camarillo Police Department has investigated 166 DUI collisions, which led to one death and nearly 60 injuries.

Britt said the department plans to hold two more DUI checkpoints by September through a grant from the state Offi ce of Traffic Safety.

He urged drivers to use mobile phone apps such as Uber and Lyft when they are drinking.

Drivers can also download the free Designated Driver VIP mobile app, which helps users find nearby bars and restaurants that offer free incentives for designated sober drivers.

Stephanie Sumell

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