In an effort to reduce speed related crashes and to address the concerns of our citizens, the Maui Police Department will be conducting Operation SPEED from July 21 -25. The enforcement is being spearheaded by the Traffic Section. Officers from the Wailuku, Lahaina, and Kihei Patrol Districts will supplement manpower for this operation. Officers from the Juvenile Crime Prevention Division, Community Police Officers, and the Community Relations Section will also participate in this effort.
In a similar campaign last year in July, police issued 634 speeding citations and made six arrests. Police issued 4,410 speeding citations in 2013 throughout Maui County. Police have issued 1,356 speeding citations in 2014.
Last year, there were 16 fatal crashes in which six were attributed to speeding. So far this year, there have been 14 fatal crashes in which six were attributed to speeding.
The Speed Patrol, Enforcement & Education Detail (SPEED) will conduct enforcement on all the highways throughout Maui County. Speeding enforcement will also be done on Lanai, Molokai, and in Hana. The enforcement will be done throughout the day and night. The fine for speeding is $5 for each mile over the speed limit plus court fees, which ranges from $57 to $67. Those cited for speeding 30 mph over the posted speed limit or traveling 80 mph or more on any roadway faces a mandatory court appearance with additional penalties.
Police will also be on the lookout for people not wearing seat belts, drivers using a mobile electronic device, and those who are driving impaired.