Hawaiʻi Police Department
Traffic Services Section
Sergeant Robert P. Pauole
Hawaiʻi Island police will increase enforcement of drunk driving as part of a national campaign called “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” which runs August 16 through September 2. During the campaign, police will conduct 20-30 sobriety checkpoints island wide.
To help bring awareness to the upcoming campaign, the Police Department’s Traffic Services Section plans a sign-waving event on Kamehameha Avenue in Hilo from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday (August 15). Volunteers are encouraged to participate. For more information on the sign-waving event, you may call Traffic Safety Coordinator Dieter Blattler at 961-2226.
Impaired driving presents a potential danger to every motorist, passenger and pedestrian the driver encounters. Already this year, Hawaiʻi Island police have made more than 700 DUI arrests, and 12 of the 21 traffic fatalities this year involved drugs and/or alcohol.