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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 3:02 p.m., Saturday, May 26, 2007

Kaua'i police setting up sobriety checkpoints

Advertiser Staff

LIHU'E Officials with the Kaua'i Police Department announced today that sobriety checkpoints will be set up during the Memorial Day weekend as well as throughout the summer.

According to Officer James Miller, the police department plans to stage checkpoints at various locations around the island, and will be checking for those who are driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs as well as other traffic violations.

"Compared to last year, traffic fatalities are down," said Miller. "There were seven in the first five months of 2006, and so far this year, there have been three."

Miller hopes that the checkpoints will help keep drunk drivers and those high on drugs off the streets. "We want to make our roads as safe as possible for the community," he said, "and checkpoints have proven to serve as a deterrent."