Hawaiʻi Island police will increase DUI checkpoints and roving patrols this weekend in conjunction with anticipated Halloween events. The effort is part of a national and statewide campaign called “Drive sober or get pulled over.”

Sergeant Robert Pauole, head of the Hawaiʻi Police Department’s Traffic Services Section, pointed out that drugs, alcohol speeding, and distracted driving are leading factors of traffic fatalities. He urges all motorists to be extra cautious in the next few days, when a large number of pedestrians may be out for Halloween festivities.

“Be especially careful in residential areas by slowing down and looking for children on roadways and shoulders,” Pauole said. “If you plan to drink, please don’t drive. Make arrangements to ride with a designated, sober and licensed driver before you start drinking. If you can’t find one, don’t take a chance—take a taxi.”

Police offer the following tips for pedestrian safety for the Halloween evening:

  • Make sure children are supervised as they cross the street.
  • Have children get out of cars on the curb side, not on the traffic side.
  • Drive below the posted speed limit during trick-or-treating hours.
  • Watch for children on roadways and on medians.
  • Slowly exit driveways and alleyways.

The Police Department wishes everyone a fun and safe Halloween.