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Police: Anti-DUI Efforts to Increase Memorial Weekend

May 23, 2013, 3:01 PM HST
* Updated May 23, 3:05 PM
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Hawaii County Police are advising the public that in the interest of public safety, DUI checkpoints and roving patrols will be conducted throughout the Memorial Day weekend.

The effort is part of a national and statewide campaign called, “Drunk Driving: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”

“Driving under the influence of alcohol presents a potential danger to every motorist, passenger and pedestrian the driver encounters,” said Sgt. Robert P. Pauole of the Traffic Services Section. “Already this year, Big Island police have made more than 500 DUI arrests, and 13 people have died in traffic fatalities.”

“Please do your part to keep our roads safe. Always remember to have a designated sober and licensed driver before you start drinking,” he said in a statement issued today. “If you don’t find one, don’t take a chance—take a taxi.”

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