Big Island police will increase drunken-driving enforcement as part of a national campaign called “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” which runs from Friday through Sept. 2. During the campaign, police will conduct 20-30 sobriety checkpoints islandwide.
The Police Department’s Traffic Services Section plans a sign-waving event on Kamehameha Avenue in Hilo from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday to bring public awareness to the campaign. Volunteers are encouraged to participate. For more information, call Traffic Safety Coordinator Dieter Blattler at 961-2226.
Impaired driving presents a potential danger to every motorist, passenger and pedestrian the driver encounters, police said. So far this year, police on the Big Island have made more than 700 DUI arrests, and 12 of the 21 official traffic fatalities this year have been linked to drugs and/or alcohol.