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Memorial Day weekend DUI enforcement 05-24-12
Hawaiʻi Police Department
Traffic Services Section
Sergeant Robert Pauole
With the approach of the long Memorial Day weekend and the continuation of graduation parties, Hawaiʻi County police will be on alert to help prevent tragedy on our roads. Officers will conduct DUI checkpoints and roving patrols beginning Thursday, May 24, and continuing through Memorial Day, Monday, May 28. 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, Big Island police have made well over 500 DUI arrests, and 14 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 low as $2 each and use them with participating taxi companies. For details, call 961-8744 or visit www.heleonbus.org/shared-ride-taxi-program.
Please do your part to keep our roads safe. 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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