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Police to step-up DUI checkpoints on Hawaii Island


With the approach of high school graduations and Memorial Day weekend, Hawaiʻi Island police will be on alert to help prevent tragedy on our roads.

Officers will conduct DUI checkpoints and roving patrols beginning tonight (May 20), and continuing through Memorial Day, Monday, May 30. The effort is part of a national and statewide campaign called “Drunk Driving: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”

Driving under the influence of alcohol presents a potential danger to every motorist, passenger and pedestrian the driver encounters. Already this year, police have made more than 400 DUI arrests and have responded to more than 120 traffic collisions related to impaired driving.

“Please do your part to keep our roads safe,” said Sergeant Robert Pauole from the Police Department’s Traffic Services Section. “Always remember to have a designated sober and licensed driver before you start drinking. If you don’t find one, don’t take a chance—take a taxi.”

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