From August 15th to September 1st the Maui Police Department will be participating in a nationwide crackdown on Drunk Drivers. This nationwide campaign called “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is a partnership between law enforcement agencies and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in a joint effort to reduce impaired driving. Over 10,000 people are killed in alcohol impaired driving crashes every year in the United States. Unfortunately, nearly everyone on Maui has been affected in some way or another by an alcohol impaired driver. 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.
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. Motorists 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-emergencynumber 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.