DUI Checkpoint nets 2 arrests

Ventura Police Department arrested 1 driver for 23152 (a) CVC (DUI Impaired Alcohol). A total of 1,174 vehicles passed through the checkpoint and 543 vehicles were screened. It should also be noted that 1 drug arrest for 11377 (a) HS was made, along with 1 23222 (a) CVC Possession of an Open Container of alcohol in a motor vehicle and 1 23222 (b)

(1) CVC Open Container of Marijuana.

The checkpoint was located in the 4200 block of E. Main St. between the hours of 8:30 p.m. and 1:45 a.m. In addition, 9 drivers were cited for operating a vehicle unlicensed or with a suspended/revoked license and 2 vehicles were towed.

DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests. Last year the Ventura Police Department investigated several DUI collisions that killed and/or injured people.

Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with DUI can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to be approximately $13,500. This includes fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses not to mention possible jail time.

The Ventura Police Department reminds drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” Prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, can impair and result in a DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs.

The Ventura Police Department will be conducting another DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint and/or DUI Saturation Patrol on an ongoing commitment to take suspected impaired drivers off our streets and highways, ultimately lowering the risk for deaths and injuries.

Funding for this checkpoint was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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