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Distracted Driving Awareness

by Thunda

The Hawaiʻi Police Department understands that Distracted Driving remains a very serious concern for members of our community.  Officers write these violations many times a day across the island as a way to lower the number of people involved in vehicle crashes. In 2018 alone 2,841 people were killed nationally as a result of distracted drivers. Hawaiʻi County is not alone in the goal to reduce the number of people injured or killed as a result of vehicle crashes related to the use of electronic devices. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation have identified October 5-12 as a Distracted Driving Enforcement Period. That means officers will have a greater focus on distracted drivers, making traffic stops and issuing citations.

The Hawaiʻi Police Department is asking the public’s help to prevent this dangerous driving behavior. 

Take the pledge. The fight to end distracted driving starts with you. Make the commitment to drive phone-free today. Protect lives by never texting or talking on the phone while driving.  Be a good passenger and speak out if the driver in the car is distracted. Encourage friends and family to drive phone-free.

Remember “U Drive. U Text.  U Pay.”

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers does not record calls or subscribe to any Caller ID service. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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