Impaired driving and how it affects Hawaii

We want you all to have fun this summer but we want to make sure you’re safe and arrive alive! Jordan Segundo and Trini shows you, first hand, why a designated driver is so important.

 

Trini and Jordan had some fun with their drunk busting goggles, but the message they were trying to convey is a serious one.

 

Greg Fredericksen from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) joined us in studio to talk more about impaired driving and how it affects us here in Hawaii.

 

NHTSA is under the U.S. Department of Transportation and is responsible for reducing deaths, injuries and economic losses resulting from motor vehicle crashes.  As part of the responsibility, they help states combat issues like impaired driving and seat belt use by providing federal funding to conduct overtime enforcement, educational awareness and media campaigns.

 

Nationally, they are seeing a rise in the number of people driving under the influence of illegal and legal drugs.

 

Fredericksen says deaths that are caused by impaired driving are preventable, and too many lives are tragically cut short in traffic crashes involving drunk and drugged driving.  Impaired driving not only puts the driver at risk – it threatens the lives of passengers and all others who share the road.  Every year it causes the deaths of thousands of loved ones.

 

In 2013, there were 102 people killed on Hawaii’s roadways.  Of the 102, 51 percent were impaired and 34 percent had drugs only in their systems.  Last year, police statewide arrested over 6,700 drivers for Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of Intoxicants or DUI, whether it was alcohol- and/or drug-related.

 

According to Fredericksen, everyone needs to be responsible and not drink and drive.  Illegal drugs, as well as prescription and over-the-counter medications, can be just as deadly on the road as alcohol.  If you plan to drink, designate a sober driver before going out.

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