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Police to step-up DUI checkpoints during the holiday season


Hawaiʻi Island police will conduct island-wide DUI checkpoints throughout the holiday season. The effort is part of a national and statewide campaign called “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” The campaign starts Friday, December 18, and runs through January 3.

Sergeant Robert Pauole, head of the Hawaiʻi Police Department’s Traffic Services Section, points out that drugs, or a combination of alcohol and drugs, have been factors in nearly 65 percent of the 17 traffic fatalities we’ve experienced so far this year. Pauole also points out that motor vehicle fatalities are among the leading causes of death in the State of Hawaiʻi over the past 15 years. Other leading causes are suicide (2,330), drowning (997) and firearms (616). Traffic fatalities over the past 15 years for the state stand at 1,868, which is more than drowning and firearms deaths combined.

The Hawaiʻi Police Department wishes everyone a happy and safe holiday season.

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