Members of the Ojai Police Department said they will be holding a DUI checkpoint on Dec. 15. The checkpoint will be part of the “Avoid the 14” program and is focused on apprehending offenders in addition to educating sober drivers and passengers.
The Avoid the 14 program is a multi-agency effort that represents each of the 14 law enforcement agencies that operate within Ventura County. This includes but is not limited to the Ventura Police Department, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, the California Highway Patrol, the Oxnard Police Department and others. Avoid the 14 grant funding is provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety. That agency stipulates that counties need to pledge to have all law enforcement agencies work together to help educate drivers of the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The checkpoint will reportedly take place on Dec. 15 between the hours of 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. at an undisclosed location. Persons arrested for a first-time basic DUI in Ventura County will likely be transported to the Ventura County Jail where they will be held for 8 to 12 hours and then cited out. Offenders with multiple DUI offenses will need to post DUI bail bonds. Bail for a DUI charge can range from $10,000 to $500,000 depending on whether there was a minor in the car, if an accident occurred and whether the accident resulted in death or injury.