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HPD Warns Against Impaired Driving Ahead of Labor Day Weekend

September 1, 2021, 12:47 PM HST
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Hawaiʻi Police officers and members of the community will gather for sign wavings this week to encourage drivers to slow down and not drive impaired ahead of Labor Day weekend.

Every year, HPD reminds residents to celebrate the holiday weekend safely. As part of the department’s ongoing efforts to educate citizens about the dangers of impaired driving, speeding, and all forms of reckless driving, HPD has partnered with the Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation, police departments from Kauaʻi, Honolulu, and Maui counties, as well as MADD Hawai‘i in a “No Excuses Hawaii” campaign.

“Far too many people are injured or killed on our roadways,” HPD officials say.

So far this year on Hawai‘i Island, 727 drivers have been arrested for being under the influence of an intoxicant and 15 people have been killed in traffic-related crashes.

To raise awareness, HPD and community members will gather for sign wavings on Thursday, Sept. 2, and Friday, Sept. 3. Events will take place along thoroughfares in Waimea, Honoka‘a, Kea‘au, Hilo and Kona.

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“If you plan on drinking alcohol or consuming anything that could impair your abilities, please don’t drive,” HPD officials plead. “Have a plan to get home with a sober driver, call a cab, a ride share, or a friend or family member. There are many options to keep you and your loved ones safe.”

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Officers will be conducting additional patrols focusing on impaired driving, speeding and any dangerous driving behavior across Hawaii Island.

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