"You Drink & Drive, You Lose" Campaign 07/20/00

PHONE: 961-2305
JULY 20, 2000


As part of their enforcement efforts against impaired driving, Big Island police have joined other law enforcement agencies nationwide in the “You Drink & Drive, You Lose” campaign.

Officers have arrested 666 drunk drivers on the Big Island so far this year, and they are continuing their sobriety checkpoints and saturated patrols to remove alcohol- and drug-impaired drivers from Big Island streets and highways.

In addition to the checkpoints and patrols, plain-clothed officers are enforcing laws against underage drinking in public places around the island. These operations have resulted in 112 arrests for underage drinking violations, 27 arrests for liquor violations by adults age 21 and older and 18 arrests for other related offenses.

Acting Lieutenant Randy Apele of the Traffic Services Section said the enforcement of laws against underage drinking in public places is aimed at reducing the number of impaired drivers who are younger than the legal drinking age of 21.

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