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Big Island Police Conducting DUI Checkpoints This Weekend

With the approach of the long Fourth of July weekend and the continuation of graduation parties, Hawaiʻi Island police will be on alert to help prevent tragedy on our roads.

HPDBadgeOfficers will conduct DUI checkpoints and roving patrols beginning Thursday, July 3, and continuing through Sunday, July 6. 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, Hawaiʻi Island police have made more than 600 DUI arrests, and seven people have died in traffic fatalities.

The Hawaiʻi Police Department wishes everyone a happy and safe Fourth of July weekend.

Hawaii County Police Increasing DUI Checkpoints This Week in Conjunction With Halloween

Children of all ages look forward to Halloween but police want to keep them safe to enjoy the fun. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly four times as many children ages 5-14, are killed while walking on Halloween evening than other times of the year.

Hawaiʻi County police will increase DUI checkpoints and roving patrols this week in conjunction with Halloween. The effort is part of a national and statewide campaign called “Drive sober or get pulled over.”

Sergeant Robert P. Pauole, head of the Hawaiʻi Police Department’s Traffic Services Section, pointed out that drugs, alcohol or both have been factors in at least 63 percent of the 35 traffic fatalities we’ve experienced so far this year. He urges all motorists to be extra cautious in the next few days, when a large number of pedestrians may be out for Halloween festivities.

“Be especially careful in residential areas by slowing down and looking for children on roadways, medians and curbs,” Pauole said. “If you plan to drink, please don’t drive. Make arrangements to ride with a designated, sober and licensed driver before you start drinking. If you can’t find one, don’t take a chance—take a taxi.”

Police offer the following additional tips for Halloween safety:

Motorists:

-Drive below the posted speed limit during trick-or-treating hours.
-Watch for keiki darting out from between parked cars.
-Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.

Parents:

-Accompany your keiki when they go trick-or-treating or make sure they are supervised by a responsible adult.
-Have your keiki trick-or-treat in a safe location (consider a local mall or community event).
-Make sure keiki are supervised as they cross the street.
-Have keiki get out of cars on the curb side, not on the traffic side.
-Carry flashlights and use reflective tape or stickers on bags and costumes for keiki to see and be seen.
-Avoid masks or costumes that limit a keiki’s vision or movement.
-Check all treats before letting your keiki eat them.

The Police Department wishes everyone a fun and safe Halloween.

Big Island Police Conducting DUI Checkpoints and Roving Patrols Through Halloween

Big Island police will conduct DUI checkpoints and roving patrols from Friday through Halloween, which falls on Monday. The effort is part of a national and statewide campaign called “Drive sober or get pulled over.”

Sergeant Robert Pauole, head of the Hawaiʻi Police Department’s Traffic Services Section, pointed out that drugs, alcohol or both have been factors in 72 percent of the 18 traffic fatalities we’ve experienced so far this year. He urges all motorists to be extra cautious in the next few days, when a large number of pedestrians may be out for Halloween festivities.

“Be especially careful in residential areas by slowing down and looking for keiki on roadways and shoulders,” Pauole said. “If you plan to drink, please don’t drive. Make arrangements to ride with a designated, sober and licensed driver before you start drinking. If you can’t find one, don’t take a chance—take a taxi.”

Police offer the following tips for pedestrian safety over the Halloween weekend:

  • Make sure children are supervised as they cross the street.
  • Have children get out of cars on the curb side, not on the traffic side.
  • Drive below the posted speed limit during trick-or-treating hours.
  • Watch for children on roadways and on medians.
  • Exit driveways and alleyways carefully.

The Police Department wishes everyone a fun and safe Halloween.

Police Contact 223 Drivers at Pahoa High DUI Checkpoint Yesterday

Media Release:

Traffic Enforcement Unit and Puna Community Policing officers conducted a DUI sobriety checkpoint on Pāhoa Village Road fronting Pāhoa High and Intermediate School at 3 p.m. Tuesday (December 14).

Members of the Pāhoa Boys and Girls Club assist police in reminding motorists not to drink and drive.

Boys and girls from the Pāhoa Boys and Girls Club also participated by waving signs to the passing motorists advising them not to drink and drive during the holiday season.

Officers contacted 223 drivers during the checkpoint.

Police will be increasing DUI sobriety checkpoints throughout the island during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.