HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
TRAFFIC SERVICES SECTION
SERGEANT DEXTER VERIATO
DECEMBER 27, 2004
Big Island police say they will continue their stepped-up efforts to enforce laws prohibiting driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs through the New Year’s holiday.
In addition, plainclothes officers will be out to enforce laws against underage drinking.
Sergeant Dexter Veriato of the Traffic Services Section said police are continuing their enforcement efforts to help make this year’s holiday season a safe one.
Police will continue their increased DUI checkpoints in order to cut down on impaired driving during the New Year’s holiday, Sergeant Dexter Veriato, head of the Traffic Services Section, said. Officers will also continue with increased roving patrols to check seatbelt use and cut down on speeding.
To combat underage drunk driving, Veriato said police will pay special attention to parks and out-of-the-way places where young people congregate during vacation or school holidays.
“We have stepped up our enforcement efforts throughout the holiday season in order to avert needless injury and death,” Veriato said.
During Christmas week, Big Island police arrested 38 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, bringing the total number of DUI arrests so far this year to 1,069. And of the 39 traffic fatalities recorded so far this year, a total of 21, or 54 percent, have been related to alcohol or drugs.
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