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Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over: Aug. 16 to Sept. 4

The Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation, together with the National Traffic Safety Administration will launch the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over national enforcement campaign, which will run from Aug. 16 through Sept. 4, 2017..

Impaired Driving Enforcement. Maui Now graphic.

The enforcement effort will span the Labor Day weekend which begins on Friday, Sept. 1, and runs through Monday, Sept 4, 2017.

In 2015, there were 460 crash fatalities nationwide during the Labor Day holiday period. Forty percent of those fatal crashes involved drivers who had been drinking with a blood alcohol concentration of .01 grams per deciliter or higher. Of those alcohol-related fatal crashes, 33% involved drivers who were drunk (.08+ BAC), and nearly 23% involved drivers who were driving with a BAC almost twice the illegal limit (.15+).

Campaign representatives say that during the 2015 Labor Day holiday period, 78% of drunk-driving crash fatalities occurred between 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m., as compared to half of all drunk-driving crash fatalities throughout the rest of the year.

Drivers can expect to see more patrol vehicles and sobriety checkpoints during this high-visibility campaign:  While impaired driving enforcement is conducted year round, officers will make zero exceptions for drunk driving during the Labor Day holiday.

National Facts and Statistics:

Financial Impacts:

Advice for drivers: Plan Before You Party:

Important Things to Remember:  (As suggested by campaign organizers)