Maui Police Department News Release
As the nationwide “Get Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign continues, the Maui Police Department reported arresting 19 people for impaired driving over the weekend.
The campaign began Aug. 14 and runs through Sept. 1. As part of the campaign, police will continue to set up roadblocks at unannounced locations throughout Maui County.
Seven out of the 19 motorists arrested were at intoxication check points. Twelve people were arrested in central Maui, two in Lahaina, three in Kihei and two on Molokai.
People need to be reminded that impaired driving is deadly and can have grave consequences. So far this year, there have been 15 traffic fatalities in Maui County. Of the 15 fatalities, seven have been attributed to impaired driving. Two out of four near-fatal crashes were alcohol related and police are still awaiting toxicology results for three other fatal crashes in which they believe alcohol is a factor.
The nationwide campaigns help to bring awareness to these issues; however police have been out looking for impaired drivers every day they go out on the road. Last year, police arrested 1,025 people for impaired driving. So far this year, 543 people have been arrested for impaired driving. Three people under the age of 21 have also been arrested for driving while having a measurable amount of alcohol.
The DUI Task Force Unit of the Maui Police Department’s Traffic Section will be out in force actively participating in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. Motorist can expect to see increased saturation patrols which will include the use of unmarked patrol vehicles and sobriety checkpoints.
The Maui Police Department’s DUI Task Force Unit is also asking for the public’s assistance in helping to keep our roadways safe for everyone by following these simple tips:
• Plan a safe way home before you start your festivities.
• Before drinking, designate a sober driver. If you wait until you’re impaired, you’re more likely to make a bad decision.
• If you’ve been drinking, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member.
• If you see an impaired driver on the road, call the Maui Police Department’s non-emergency number at 244-6400 to report it. You could save a life.
• If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, be a true friend and take their keys. Help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.