DOT reminds public to drive sober during holidays

Mocktail recipe booklet launch (Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign)

The Hawaii Department of Transportation is urging drivers to drink responsibly during this holiday season.

Impaired driving is one of the deadliest, most-often-committed crimes in our state.  Nearly half of all traffic fatalities in Hawaii involve drunk drivers, with a high number of incidents seen during holiday periods.  Fortunately, it is 100 percent preventable.

The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is a national effort to put an end to impaired driving.

In 2013, there were 102 people killed on Hawaii's roadways.  Of that total, 51 percent were impaired.

Every year, a higher volume of travelers flood the roads to see loved ones for holiday celebrations. Unfortunately, this usually includes a significant spike in the number of alcohol-impaired drivers in December.

The Hawaii Department of Transportation, together with the Hawaii chapter of the U.S. Bartender's Guild and DTRIC Insurance, created a mocktail (non-alcoholic mock cocktail) recipe booklet composed of recipes specially created by Hawaii's top mixologists, to remind the public that you don't need alcohol to have great drinks.

As a part of the local community, it is important to us to promote safe and responsible driving because we want everyone to remain safe while on the road. We are delighted to partner on this unique project and hope that our efforts will encourage others to drink responsibly during this holiday season.

Tips for the public so that they can "arrive alive" this holiday season.

  • Make a plan for a safe way home before you attend that office party or holiday event.  If you plan on drinking, designate a sober driver ahead of time and leave your car key at home.
  • If you do end up drinking, there are always safe ways to get home – do not drive.  You can call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member or use public transportation.
  • Opt for a mocktail!  They are equally delicious and festive as any cocktail.
  • Remember: a designated driver should be a sober driver – not the one who drank the least!

Where can the public find these booklets?  The booklets will be distributed (for FREE) this weekend: