The Honolulu Police Department says it will set up impaired driver checkpoints at unannounced times and locations from Wednesday, May 1, through Sunday, June 30, 2013, including, but not limited to, the Memorial Day and King Kamehameha Day holidays.
The checkpoints are part of the department’s ongoing effort to reduce traffic injuries and deaths. The HPD is reminding the public not to drink and drive and that the legal drinking age is 21. Promoting intoxicating liquor to a person under the age of 21 is a misdemeanor punishable of up to one-year imprisonment.
HPD says it wants the public to be safe and hope that this reminder will deter drivers from driving while impaired. HPD does not announce the exact locations and times of the roadblocks.
As of April 28, 2013, 24 people have been killed in 24 traffic collisions on Oahu. During the same period in 2012, 21 people were killed in 20 collisions. Speed was a contributing factor in four of this year’s collisions, and alcohol was a contributing factor in one collision.
Honolulu police officers have been conducting impaired driver checkpoints every week from October 2012 and will continue to do so through September 2013 as part of the federal “52/12” sobriety checkpoint program.