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1,596 Citations Issued in Maui Seat Belt Enforcement

June 9, 2016, 3:14 PM HST
* Updated June 9, 3:27 PM
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Click It or Ticket 2016. Wendy Osher/Maui Now graphic.

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The Maui Police Department issued a total of 1,596 citations during a two-week Click It Or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign that ran from May 23 to June 5, 2016.

Of those citations issued, 395 were for seat belt violations, 24 for child restraint violations and 5 for pick-up truck restriction violations.

All other citations were issued for various offenses that included use of a mobile electronic device while driving, driving without a valid license, no no-fault insurance, speeding, expired tax, expired safety as well as vehicle equipment violations.

Members of the Maui Police Department’s Traffic Section along with assistance from patrol officers conducted the operation targeting seat belt, child Restraint and pick-up truck Restriction violations.

The Maui Police Department participated as part of the national “Click-It-Or-Ticket” campaign. Officers were assigned to look for and cite drivers who were not using their seat belts and child restraints on public roadways, including school and construction areas.

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“As law enforcement, we have a special role in helping protect the safety of our citizens,” said Lieutenant William Gannon, with the Maui Police Department’s Traffic Section.

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“Time after time, we see the deadly results that come from drivers and passengers refusing to wear a seat belt. Wearing a seat belt is one of the most important steps in increasing survivability in a crash. Our job is to stop those who are not buckled up and to keep them from repeating this potentially deadly mistake,” said Lt. Gannon.

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