HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Honolulu Police Department will set up impaired driver checkpoints at unannounced times and locations from Sunday, September 1, through Thursday, October 31, 2013, including but not limited to the Labor day weekend.
As of August 30, 2013, 43 people have been killed in traffic collisions on Oahu. Speed, alcohol, and/or drugs were factors in 14 of those crashes. Forty-three people were also killed in traffic collisions during the same period in 2012.
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.
Honolulu police officers have been conducting impaired driver checkpoints every week from October 2012 to September 2013 as part of the federal "52/12" sobriety checkpoint program. The federal "52/12" program continues in October 2013 and runs through September 2014.