Sober driving campaign starts this week

LIHUE —The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign starts this week.

To stop drunken drivers and help save lives, the Hawaii Department of Transportation, together with the National Traffic Safety Administration, will launch the national enforcement campaign, which will run from Wednesday through Sept. 4.

Drivers should expect to see more patrol vehicles and sobriety checkpoints during this high-visibility campaign.

During the Labor Day holiday, which is from Sept. 1 to Sept. 4, officers will make zero exceptions for drunken driving.

In 2015, there were 460 crash fatalities nationwide during the Labor Day holiday period. Of those alcohol-related fatal crashes, 33 percent involved drivers who were drunk and nearly 23 percent involved drivers who were driving with a blood-alcohol content (BAC) almost twice the illegal limit


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