Impaired driving down over holidays

LIHUE — The Kauai Police Department found fewer impaired drivers on the road during the holiday season, compared to last year.

Between Dec. 20, 2018 and Jan. 2, 2019, police made five arrests for operating vehicles under the influence of an intoxicant, according to KPD statistics. During the same period the year before, 12 OVUII arrests were made.

This year, in addition to traditional DUI checkpoints, the KPD implemented “roving roadblocks,” where patrol units deployed around the island in search of distracted, drunken or otherwise impaired drivers.

Officers on roving roadblock patrols made contact with 30 vehicles for “various traffic infractions and conducted OVUII investigations without finding any persons suspected of OVUII,” according to police.

On Dec. 28, KPD’s Traffic Safety Unit and Patrol Services Bureau conducted two OVUII roadside screenings in the Poipu-Koloa area, screening a total of 104 vehicles. Police issued two citations not related to impaired driving and administered two roadside tests. No arrests were made. 

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