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Police: Oahu drivers not getting safety message

Maj. Frank Fujii Maj. Frank Fujii

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Honolulu police on Tuesday lashed out at Oahu drivers, saying they're not getting the message about safety on the roadways.

Police launched a speeding and DUI enforcement campaign in late February after Oahu recorded its 17th traffic fatality of the year, compared to nine at the same time last year.

Investigators say both excessive speed and alcohol were factors in a February 26th crash on Likelike Highway that left three people dead.

Despite the warnings, officers say they still issued 1,616 speeding tickets and made 84 DUI arrests in the first week of March.

"We are doing everything that we can," Maj. Frank Fujii, Honolulu Police Department, said. "We're asking the community, what are you doing to help us? What are you doing to protect the people that you love?"

"We do not enjoy citing people," Fujii continued. "But if this is what it's going to take to change people's behavior, then the community really leaves us no choice."

Police could not say if more drivers are speeding, or if the high number of citations merely reflects the increased enforcement. In fact, since the campaign began, Oahu hasn't had a traffic fatality.

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