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MADD Hawaii, Toyota honor police officers

From left: Cynthia Honma of Hilo – Community Service Award; Officer Keith Nacis – Traffic Enforcement Unit I; Officer Nicholas McDaniel – Kona Patrol; Officer Christopher Kapua-Allison – Top Cop: South Hilo Patrol; Officer Shea Nactor – Puna Patrol; Sgt. Christopher Gali – Community Service Award; Executive Director Abigail Nickell – MADD Hawaii. (Photo courtesy of MADD Hawaii)

From left: Cynthia Honma of Hilo – Community Service Award; Officer Keith Nacis – Traffic Enforcement Unit I; Officer Nicholas McDaniel – Kona Patrol; Officer Christopher Kapua-Allison – Top Cop: South Hilo Patrol; Officer Shea Nactor – Puna Patrol; Sgt. Christopher Gali – Community Service Award; Executive Director Abigail Nickell – MADD Hawaii. (Photo courtesy of MADD Hawaii)

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Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Hawaii and Toyota Hawaii honored Maui, Kauai and Big Island police officers for their outstanding efforts and dedication to stop drunken driving, support the victims of this violent crime, and prevent underage drinking at the recent annual Law Enforcement Awards.

“Statistics show that almost half of all traffic fatalities in Hawaii involve alcohol,” said Abigail Nickell, state executive director of MADD Hawaii. “It’s imperative that we honor the victims and families affected by this horrendous crime by acknowledging the officers that put their own lives on the line each day to help keep impaired drivers off the road.”

Individual Awards and Community Service Awards were presented to:

Big Island:

* Traffic Enforcement Unit: Officer Keith Nacis
* Puna Patrol: Officer Shea Nactor
* Kona Patrol: Officer Nicolas McDaniel
* Top Cop: South Hilo Patrol: Christopher Kapua-Allison
* Community Service Award: Cynthia Honma of Hilo
* Community Service Award: Sergeant Christopher Gali of Hilo

Maui:

* Kihei: Officer Ryan Ehlers
* Wailuku: Office Duke Pua
* Lahaina: Officer Joshua Kalb
* Lanai: Officer Kunal Chopra
* Molokai: Officer Daniel Imakyure
* Hana: Officer Gershom Slonim
* Top Cop: Traffic: Officer Carl Eguia

Kauai:

* Traffic Safety Section: Officer Shawn Hanna
* Hanalei: Officer Rolland Peahu
* Waimea: Officer Marnie Fernandez
* Top Cop: Lihue: Officer Hanson Hsu
* Community Service Award: Kira Seabury
* Community Service Award: Kimberly Nizo
* Community Service Award: Delissa Nobriga

“This is the third year Toyota Hawaii has partnered with MADD Hawaii on the annual Police Recognition Luncheon to honor officers for the many lives they saved in 2012,” said Glenn Inouye, senior vice president for Toyota Hawaii. “We are honored to take part in an event like this that raises awareness about the critical need to stop drunken driving.”

Drunken Driving Statistics and Alcohol Information

* In 2012, 41 percent of traffic deaths were drunken driving related in the state of Hawaii (51 reported drunken driving deaths).

* About one-third of all drivers arrested or convicted of drunken driving are repeat offenders.

* Males were more likely than females (15.1 vs. 7.9 percent) to drive drunk.

* The rate of drunken driving is highest among 21 to 25 year olds (23.4 percent).

* In 2011, 226 children in the U.S. were killed in drunken driving crashes. Of those, 122 (54 percent) were riding with the drunken driver.

* In 2012, 33,561 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the United States.

* In the United States, the number of drunken driving deaths has been cut in half since MADD was founded in 1980.

* Every day in America, another 28 people die as a result of drunken driving crashes.

* Drunken driving costs the United States $132 billion a year.

* The average person metabolizes alcohol at the rate of about one drink per hour.

* A standard drink is defined as 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits, which contain the same amount of alcohol.

Founded in 1980 by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunken driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to protect families from drunken driving and underage drinking.

With the help of those who want a safer future, MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving will end this danger on America’s roads. And as one of the largest victim services organizations in the U.S., MADD also supports drunken and drugged driving victims and survivors at no charge, serving one person every 8.6 minutes through local MADD victim advocates and at 1-877-MADD-HELP.

Toyota has been Hawaii’s top-selling automotive brand since 1997 with seven dealership locations statewide – Big Island Toyota – Hilo and Kona; Maui Toyota; Kauai Toyota; Servco Auto Honolulu, Servco Auto Leeward and Servco Auto Windward.

— Find out more:
www.madd.org
www.ToyotaHawaii.com.

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