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Patrick’s Day celebrations kick off in Hawaii, officials and victim advocates are urging the public to not drink and drive.

The goal is to reach zero impaired driving deaths in the state, but some are questioning whether that’s achievable.

The Department of Transportation is asking what an acceptable number of impaired driving deaths would be, and advocates are pushing for stricter laws and increased awareness around alternatives to driving under the influence, such as ride-sharing services and designated drivers.

Lawmakers are currently reviewing a bill that would lower Hawaii’s legal blood alcohol content from .08 to .05, in line with recommendations from the Transportation Safety Board.

With impairment playing a role in 17 of the 34 traffic fatalities on the Big Island in 2022, officials are emphasizing the importance of having a plan in place before consuming alcohol, and urging the public to prioritize road safety.

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