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HPD to conduct DUI checkpoints

The Honolulu Police Department (HPD) will set up impaired driver checkpoints at unannounced times and locations from Friday, March 1, through Tuesday, April 30, 2013, including (but not limited to) Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day and Good Friday.

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.

As of February 22, 2013, 12 people, including 7 pedestrians, were killed in 12 traffic collisions on Oahu. One of the 12 collisions involved speed; a second involved drugs. During the same period in 2012, 13 people were killed in traffic collisions.

Honolulu police officers have been conducting impaired driver checkpoints every week from October 2012 and will continue to do so through September 2013 as part of the federal "52/12" sobriety checkpoint program.