By Lt. Ricky Uedoi, MPD Traffic Section Commander
As the nationwide Get Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign continues, the Maui Police Department reported arresting 19 people for impaired driving over the weekend. The campaign began last Thursday, August 14, and runs through September 1. As part of the campaign, police will continue to set up roadblocks at unannounced locations throughout Maui County.
Seven out of the 19 motorists arrested were at intoxication check points. 12 people were arrested in central Maui, two in Lahaina, three in Kihei, and two on Molokai.
People need to be reminded that impaired driving is deadly and can have grave consequences. So far this year, there have been 15 traffic fatalities in Maui County. Of the 15 fatalities, seven have been attributed to impaired driving. Two out of four near fatal crashes were alcohol related and police are still awaiting toxicology results for three other fatal crashes in which they believe alcohol is a factor.
The nationwide campaigns help to bring awareness to these issues; however police have been out looking for impaired drivers everyday they go out on the road. Last year, police arrested 1,025 people for impaired driving. So far this year, 543 people have been arrested for impaired driving. Three people under the age of 21 have also been arrested for driving having a measurable amount of alcohol in their bodies.