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Police: ‘Have a Safe Memorial Day Weekend,’ Don’t Drive Impaired

May 27, 2022, 12:00 PM HST
* Updated May 27, 11:11 AM
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Big Island police are urging the public to observe the Memorial Day holiday safely.

“As we come together this holiday weekend, the Hawai‘i Police Department asks for your help in keeping the focus of Memorial Day on honoring the military men and women who have given so much for so many in our communities,” HPD said in a media release. “If you have family and friends gathering together, please celebrate Memorial Day safely. If anyone consumes any substance that could impair their ability to drive, please do your part to keep them safe from harming themselves or someone else.”

There are no excuses anymore for driving impaired.

“Have a plan. If you drink alcohol, don’t drive. If you can stay where you are, then stay. If you have to leave, have a completely sober driver get you home,” the release said. “Call a friend, call your family, call a taxi or ride share. Please just don’t drink and drive.”

Memorial Day is about honoring those who protected our freedoms, and Big Island police are dedicated to protecting the community. They are focused on preventing people from being injured or killed by impaired drivers and will be on the lookout for such drivers this weekend, strictly enforcing the law.

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“Have a safe Memorial Day weekend,” HPD said in the media release.

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