Police conducting sobriety checkpoints
LIHUE — The Kauai Police Department has been conducting sobriety checkpoints throughout the holidays and will be out in force on New Year’s Eve to keep drunken drivers off the road.
Police said there have been seven arrests at sobriety checkpoints this year.
Last year’s checkpoints produced eight arrests.
In 2016, KPD said there were 52 sobriety checkpoints; and in 2017, from January through October, there were 43 sobriety checkpoints. In November there were four sobriety checkpoints.
Police set up the sobriety checkpoints at random times and spots around the island, generally for a few hours. Drivers are generally asked where they’re headed and asked to produce their driver’s license, proof of insurance and registration. If police deem it necessary, drivers can be asked to take a field test.
In addition to the sobriety checkpoints, enforcement, said Police Chief Darryl Perry, also includes the use of proper seat belt restraints, and not driving while talking or texting on your cell phone.
“By warning motorists of increased traffic enforcement and vehicle checkpoints, we hope to prevent unnecessary and tragic deaths on our roadways before it occurs,” he said.
The Garden Island