Holiday season

Holiday checkpoints, clean arrests, citations

LIHU’E – To combat people driving under the influence this holiday season, the Kaua’i Police Department has increased the police presence on the roads of Kaua’i.

Since its announcement in early December, the KPD has had a total of 10 fixed checkpoints and five roving patrols, according to acting KPD Lt. Jay Scribner.

About 665 vehicles were checked, leading to 115 citations and five arrests, Scribner reported on Tuesday.

All five of the arrests were for driving a vehicle while intoxicated.

In one case, a male driver was stopped at a Lihu’e checkpoint and showed signs of impairment.

Scribner said the driver came from the northeast of the island and was trying to get to his hotel on the south shore.

“He provided a breath sample and was over three times the legal limit,” Scribner said. The legal limit in Hawai’i is 0.08%.

On Christmas Eve last year, a driver who tested positive for THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, and had a blood alcohol level of 0.133%, was involved in a fatal accident involving two vehicles near from Knudsen Gap (Halfway Bridge) on the Kaumuali’i Expressway.

Checkpoints will continue throughout the New Year, and police will also monitor speeding, seat belt use and cell phone use while driving.

“We need to keep our roads as safe as possible so that everyone has their place at the table in the New Year,” said Scribner.

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