Hawaii Police Department
Traffic Services Section
Sergeant Kelly Kaaumoana-Matsumoto
December 23, 2008
Big Island police will be stepping up their efforts over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays to enforce drunken driving, speeding and seat belt laws. Increased checkpoints and roving patrols will be in effect throughout the island.
Sergeant Kelly Kaaumoana-Matsumoto of the Traffic Services Section said police are stepping up their enforcement efforts to help make this year’s holiday season a safe one.
To keep our roadways safe, drivers are being urged not to drink and drive. If you plan to drink, choose a sober designated licensed driver before your party begins. Police are also reminding motorists to wear their seat belts and to pay attention to the posted speed limits.
The holidays should be a time of joy, and police are asking the public to help keep our roadways safe by obeying the traffic laws.
As of December 22 this year, there were 1,357 arrests for drunk driving on the Big Island. The Big Island has 27 traffic fatalities recorded this year. Of those, 13 — or 48 percent– have been alcohol related.