Police to crack down on speeding motorists 02-01-05

HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
TRAFFIC SERVICES SECTION
SERGEANT DEXTER VERIATO
PHONE: 961-2305
FEBRUARY 1, 2005

MEDIA RELEASE

Big Island police are cracking down on speeding motorists.

Sergeant Dexter Veriato, head of the Traffic Services Section, said police will be increasing speed checkpoints islandwide.

The crackdown on speeding is aimed at saving lives, Veriato said.

He noted that of the 33 fatal accidents recorded last year, 20 of them — or 61 percent — were attributed fully or partly to speeding.

“Motorists should be aware that police officers will be on the lookout for speeders,” Veriato said. “We hope this increased enforcement of speed limits will cause motorists to think twice about speeding.”

Veriato said, “Driving and road conditions vary from day to day depending on the weather and volume of traffic. Motorists need to plan ahead and adjust their driving habits to meet changing conditions.

“The rule of thumb is: Always plan on giving yourself enough time to get to your destination safely.”

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