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Graduation Season Safety Reminder for Summer 2019

As we get closer and closer to the 2019 High School and College Graduation Season, our team here at Hawaii Island Radio Scanner Community (HIRSC) would like to congratulate all the 2019 Graduates on your hard work and accomplishments and wish you the best on your future endeavors.

Our team would like to remind everyone of the following safety tips make your celebrations a memorable one but also safe and responsible one:

Tips for Parents:

- Require adult supervision at every celebration your child attends.

- Know who will be driving your child to and from the party.

- Remind your children that, under any circumstance, you will be there to pick them up or help them.

- Ask questions and keep in contact with your child while they are out.

- Set a curfew and give your child rules that they must follow.

Tips for Graduates

- Never drink and drive! Or get in the car with anyone under the influence.

- Remember you can always say “no” and do not have to do anything you do not want to do.

- Be responsible.

- Watch out for your friends and have them do the same for you.

- Never be afraid to call your parents or a trusted adult.  

Tips for those hosting parties/celebrations

- Set clear rules in advance. Discuss the rules and consequences of breaking them with your child before the party begins and reinforce them. 

- Rules should include: No drugs or alcohol and no leaving the party and then returning.

- Offer non-alcoholic beverages and do not serve alcohol.

- If something happens to any teen and alcohol is involved you will be held responsible.

- Greet guests at the door and watch for large bags that guests might use to bring in alcohol.

- Invite other parents to chaperone with you.

- Make it clear that no uninvited guests are allowed in.

- Be prepared if your rules are broken. 

- If an invited guest arrives to the party already drunk of if the guests become unruly you need to be prepared to call parents to come and pick them up. 

- Communicate these rules with other parents ahead of time so they understand the consequence if their child becomes a problem.

Just as a reminder, police departments across the US will be stepping up DUI (Driving Under Influence) checkpoints and enforcements from now until Labor Day weekend. So far this year on Hawaii Island, there were 7 fatal crashes, resulting in 7 fatalities.

So far this year, there have been 394 DUI arrests compared with 398 during the same period last year, a decrease of 1.01 percent. The numbers of arrests by district were:

DUI Arrests by District   Total Year to Date Hāmākua 4

North Hilo 3

South Hilo 96

Puna 74 Kaʻū 6

Kona 171

South Kohala 38

North Kohala 2

Island Total 394

Don't be a statistic and be responsible this graduation and summer season.

We once again would like to congratulate the Class of 2019

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