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Maui Police Launch “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Holiday Enforcement

December 14, 2021, 8:34 AM HST
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Starting this Wednesday, Dec. 15, and continuing through the end of the year, officers from the Maui Police Department’s Traffic Division will join law enforcement across the state to bring awareness to the dangers of impaired driving.

The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration event that the Maui Police Department participate in.

The public can expect increased intoxication checkpoints set at various locations throughout Maui County every weekend as part of the effort to help eliminate impaired driving from roadways.

Sign waving events to further bring awareness to the dangers of impaired driving will also be utilized this year.

“As always, motorist can expect the Maui Police Department to take a zero tolerance approach to impaired driving. Our goal is to promote voluntarily compliance of all traffic laws and reduce motor vehicle crashes on our roadways,” said Maui Police Lieutenant William Hankins, Commander of the Traffic Division.

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The Maui Police Department DUI Task Force Unit is also asking for the public’s assistance in helping to keep roadways safe. The Unit offered the following tips:

  • Plan a safe way home before you start celebrating.
  • Before drinking, designate a sober driver. If you wait until you are impaired, you are more likely to make a bad decision.
  • If you have been drinking, utilize UBER or LYFT, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member.
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, call the Maui Police Department 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 his or her keys. Help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

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