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Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over: July 4th Enforcement

Law enforcement statewide is taking part in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign during the Fourth of July holiday period, June 29 to July 5, 2019.  The national campaign is aimed at putting an end to drunk driving, and includes participation from the Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the four county police departments in Hawaiʻi.

Police say alcohol is considered to be a factor in a fatal motor vehicle accident reported over the weekend (June 23, 2019 [1]) on the Kūihelani Highway that claimed the life of a Wailuku teen. It was the 11th traffic fatality so far this year on Maui County roads and the second this month.  The other occurred on June 17, 2019 [2] in Hāli‘imaile.

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Police and Transportation officials are reminding drivers to drink responsibly this holiday and throughout the year. Police will be conducting increased enforcement on the roads with “zero tolerance” for those who drive impaired.

During the 2017 Fourth of July holiday period (from 6 p.m. June 30 to 5:59 a.m. July 5), 237 people were killed in crashes involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. These deaths accounted for 39% of the total motor vehicle traffic crashes that occurred over the holiday period. The deaths also represent a 23% increase from 2016, during which 192 people were killed during the same holiday period.

According to NHTSA, drunk driving accounted for 29% (10,874) of motor vehicle traffic crash-induced deaths in 2017.

With Fourth of July festivities wrapping up in the evening or late at night, more cars will be on the roads. Studies show that the rate of alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes is higher at night. During the 2017 July 4th holiday period, of the 237 people who died in alcohol-impaired motor vehicle traffic crashes, 79% (187) of the alcohol-impaired fatalities occurred during nighttime hours (between 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m.).

National Facts and Statistics:

ADVICE FOR THE PUBLIC

Plan Before You Party:

Important Tips to Remember for a safe night on the roads:

The Costs of Drunk Driving

Authorities say drinking and driving is dangerous, even if you’re “just buzzed.”  A DUI arrest could cost you up to $10,000, the loss of your vehicle and driver’s license. Those found in violation could also face jail time, higher insurance rates, and hefty expenses from attorney’s fees, fines, car towing and  repairs, and lost time at work.

Campaign organizers urge the public: “This Fourth of July, commit to only driving 100% sober. Don’t lose your independence on Independence Day, and don’t be a deadly risk to yourself and other innocent people. Remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

PC: Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation

Impaired Driving Enforcement. Maui Now graphic.