By Sgt. Nick Krau, MPD DUI Task Force
The Maui Police Department is dedicated to making our roadways as safe as possible. To strengthen that effort, we partnered with the State Department of Transportation and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over is a campaign aimed to prevent traffic crashes that result in death, injury and economic loss in our community due to impaired driving.
During this eighteen day campaign, which started on August 15th and ran through September 1st, police set up (17) intoxication control checkpoints in various locations throughout Maui County. In addition police increased dedicated traffic enforcement saturation patrols using both marked and unmarked police vehicles. All traffic laws were strictly enforced during this campaign with an emphasis being placed on impaired driving. The results of this (18 day) enhanced traffic enforcement campaign are as follows:
- Operating a Vehicle While under the Influence of an Intoxicant arrests = 57
- Miscellaneous traffic crime arrests = 41
- Traffic Warrant arrests made = 142
- Total traffic related arrests made during the campaign = 240
- Uninsured Motorist citations issued = 220
- Driving without a driver’s license citations issued = 112
- Speeding citations issued = 139
- Mobile Electronic Device (cell phone) citations issued = 49
- Miscellaneous traffic violation citations issued = 735
Total Traffic Citations issued was 1,255 locally. Although the Nationwide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign has come to an end, the mission of the Maui Police Departments DUI Task Force Unit has not. We will continue to patrol our roadways on a nightly basis and strictly enforce all traffic laws.
Checkpoints will be utilized throughout our community on randomly selected nights at various locations.
Too many families have already been devastated by the tragic, preventable deaths of loved ones in alcohol-involved crashes. We want to put an end to these tragedies. We participated in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign because we wanted to send a strong message, The Maui Police Department will not tolerate impaired driving in our community. Our goal is to gain the voluntary compliance of all traffic laws and by presenting an unmistakable show of force, and arresting impaired drivers who put lives at risk we are hoping to get our point across.
The Maui Police Department’s Traffic Division and DUI Task Force Unit would like to thank those members of our community who have been supportive of our dedicated traffic enforcement efforts. We would also like to thank those who have helped us in our efforts to save lives.