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Maui Police to Conduct DUI Enforcement, Aug. 21 to Sept. 7

August 20, 2015, 9:29 AM HST
* Updated August 20, 9:38 AM
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Pictured from left to right: Officer Alvin OTA, Officer Ryan EHLERS, Sergeant Nick KRAU, Officer Carl EGUIA, and Officer Rusty IOKIA.  Photo courtesy the Maui Police Department.

Pictured from left to right: Officer Alvin OTA, Officer Ryan EHLERS, Sergeant Nick KRAU,
Officer Carl EGUIA, and Officer Rusty IOKIA. Photo courtesy the Maui Police Department.

By Maui Now Staff

The Maui Police Department will be participating in a nationwide crackdown on impaired drivers called “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” The campaign runs from Aug. 21 to Sept. 7, 2015 on Maui.

Maui police say approximately one-third of all traffic crash fatalities in the United States involve impaired drivers.

There were 10,076 people killed in these crashes in 2013, which translates to approximately one person killed in a drunk-driving crash every 52 minutes, according to authorities.  Police say motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 14 to 18 year old’s in the US.

“Unfortunately, nearly everyone on Maui has been affected in some way or another by an impaired driver,” police said in a press release announcement.  “We are sending a message and we want the people of Maui County to know the Maui Police Department does not tolerate impaired driving. Impaired driving is reckless and preventable, and it’s our job to get that point across. No excuses, no warnings. If drivers are caught driving impaired, they will be arrested,” police announced.

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Maui police say the department’s Traffic Section will be out in force, actively participating in the campaign. Motorist can expect to see increased saturation patrols which will include the use of unmarked patrol vehicles and sobriety checkpoints.

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“Despite the best efforts of the Maui Police Department, drunk driving—especially around holidays like Labor Day—is still one of the most dangerous crimes we face,” traffic section officials said.

Maui police are asking for the public’s assistance in helping to keep roadways safe by following the following 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 (808) 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.

Maui police say the primary mission of the department’s Traffic Enforcement program is to save lives, and prevent injuries in motor vehicle crashes.  “We can’t do it without your help, and we’re grateful for the ongoing commitment and support from our community to traffic safety,” police said.

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