Big Island police conducting DUI checkpoints over holiday weekend

BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Big Island police will conduct islandwide DUI checkpoints over the next two weekends in an effort to reduce drunk driving during the St. Patrick's and Prince Kuhio holidays.

The effort is part of the national and statewide campaign, "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over."

For 2012, Big Island police have made more than 280 DUI arrests. In addition, seven people have died in traffic fatalities.

Officials want to remind the public that the County of Hawaii Mass Transit Agency maintains a Shared-Ride Taxi program year round. Each person is able to purchase subsidized taxi coupons for a low as two dollars each and use them with participating taxi companies.

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