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HPD continues DUI roadblocks into the New Year

The Honolulu Police Department (HPD) will be conducting impaired driving checkpoints at unannounced times and locations throughout the months of January and February. The checkpoints will be set up from Wednesday, January 1, through Friday, February 28, 2014, including (but not limited to) the Martin Luther King, Jr., and President's Day weekends.

As of December 27, 2013, 54 people have been killed in 52 traffic collisions on Oahu. Alcohol was a contributing factor in 5 crashes and speed was a contributing factor in 16 crashes. Fifty-seven people were killed in traffic collisions during the same period in 2012. The checkpoints are part of the department's ongoing effort to reduce traffic injuries and deaths.

The HPD is reminding the public not to drink and drive and that the legal drinking age is 21. Promoting intoxicating liquor to a person under the age of 21 is a misdemeanor punishable of up to one-year imprisonment.

Honolulu police officers have been conducting impaired driver checkpoints every week since October 2013 and will continue to do so through September 2014 as part of the federal "52/12" sobriety checkpoint program.