Hawaiʻi Police Department
Traffic Services Section
Sergeant Robert P. Pauole
Big Island police are informing motorist that police will conduct islandwide DUI checkpoints over the next two weekends in an effort to curb drunk driving during the St. Patrick’s Day and Prince Kuhio Day weekends. The effort is part of a national and statewide campaign called “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, Big Island police have made more than 280 DUI arrests, and seven people have died in traffic fatalities.
Police remind the public that the County of Hawaiʻi Mass Transit Agency maintains a Shared-Ride Taxi program year round. Every individual is entitled to buy subsidized taxi coupons for as little as $2 each and use them with participating taxi companies. For details, call 961-8744 or visit www.heleonbus.org/shared-ride-taxi-program.