DUI checkpoints 11-24-10

Hawai’i Police Department
Traffic Services Section
Sergeant Kelly Ka’aumoana-Matsumoto
Phone: 961-2305
November 24, 2010

Image: officers and stopped motorists. Police conduct a DUI checkpoint Tuesday.

Media Release

Big Island police are informing motorists that police will conduct DUI checkpoints throughout the island over the Thanksgiving weekend. The effort is part of a national and statewide campaign called "Drunk Driving: Over the Limit. Under Arrest."  Sergeant Kelly Ka’aumoana-Matsumoto, head of the Traffic Services Section, said police are reminding motorist of the consequences of impaired driving.  

Officers from the Traffic Enforcement Unit, Traffic Services Section and Community Policing—supported by the traffic safety coordinator—conducted a DUI checkpoint Tuesday (November 23) in Hilo. Motorists were reminded of the hazards of drinking and driving with literature passed out to drivers at the checkpoint. The checkpoint kicked off Thanksgiving weekend enforcement efforts on the Big Island.

"We also want to remind everyone that you only need 2-3 drinks to exceed the legal limit of 0.08 percent blood alcohol content," said Ka’aumoana-Matsumoto. "We want everyone to have a safe holiday weekend. Always remember to have a designated, sober and licensed driver before you start drinking. If you can’t find one, don’t take a chance—take a taxi!"

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