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Hawaii County police to conduct islandwide traffic checkpoints

Hawaii County police said they will conduct islandwide checkpoints and daily roving patrols to increase enforcement of driving laws such as the ban on cell-phone use while driving.

Officers will concentrate on violations of electronic device use while operating a vehicle, seat belt violations and child restraint violations, the department said. Hawaii County bans the use of electronic devices while driving, except hands-free devices are allowed. 

In conjunction with this effort, the department’s Traffic Services Section organized sign-waving on Kamehameha Avenue in Hilo on Monday to remind motorists about the dangers of distracted driving and drunken driving. 

Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Keaau Boys and Girls Club, the county Department of Liquor Control, Cary Ichinose’s State Farm office and Big Island Substance Abuse Council supported the sign-waving effort.

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