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Impaired Driving Prevention Month

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The Hawai‘i State Department of Transportation is urging drivers to consume safely and sensibly during this holiday season.

The Department is distributing coasters to participating bars through the Hawai‘i Chapter of the U.S. Bartenders' Association. Bars participating will be Pint & Jigger, Hard Rock Café, Pig & the Lady, and 12th Avenue Grille.

In Hawaii, nearly half of traffic fatalities are alcohol-impaired driving crashes. These are more than just numbers. Nationally, one in three traffic fatalities are in alcohol-impaired driving crashes so Hawai‘i's statistics are worse than the national statistics. In 2013, police statewide arrested 7,444 drivers for Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of an Intoxicant (OVUII), whether it was alcohol- and/or drug-related.

Being on drugs while driving is just as dangerous; and it's not just about illegal drugs; it is about the use of prescription drugs that can affect you while driving. Certain medications may cause drowsiness or may have side effects when combined with other drugs or alcohol. So driving while medicated may cause impairment and may lead to a DUI.

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