HPD to begin impaired driver checkpoints Monday

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Honolulu Police Department (HPD) will set up impaired driver checkpoints at unannounced times and locations from Monday, July 1, through Saturday, August 31, 2013.

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.

As of June 28, 2013, 34 people have been killed in traffic collisions on Oahu.  Speed, alcohol, and/or drugs were factors in 12 of those crashes.  During the same period in 2012, 28 people were killed in traffic collisions.

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.

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