By Sgt. Nick Krau, MPD DUI Task Force
The Maui Police Department’s Traffic Division is advising the public that we will be participating in the National “Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk Campaign”.
The “Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk” campaign encourages people to make plans ahead of time that will prevent them from getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking. Driving impaired could result in injury or death for you or others on the road.
Starting today and throughout the weekend the Maui Police Department Traffic Division will be on the lookout for alcohol & drug impaired drivers. Anyone choosing to drive impaired will be arrested. Maui Police Traffic Division will also be increasing our enforcement efforts for those speeding, utilizing a mobile electronic device while driving and those not properly restrained with a seatbelt.
The Super Bowl is America’s most watched national sporting event. On Super Bowl Sunday, February 1st, there will be lots of game day socializing. Because of this the Maui County Police Department is once again teaming up with the State of Hawaii Department of Transportation and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to urge football fans to choose sides now: if you’re going to drink DONT drive. If you plan on drinking on Super Bowl Sunday, please don’t commit a party foul, designate a sober driver to get you home safely.
Don’t become a tragic Super Bowl statistic. Impaired driving is completely preventable. All it takes is a little planning. We want our community to remember that it’s a choice. Drinking and driving can and does have deadly consequences. Make your game plan for Super Bowl Sunday now: If you’re going to drink don’t drive.
For those who plan to drink, leave your keys at home. Designate a sober driver, whether it’s a friend, relative, taxi, or public transportation. For those who plan to drive, refrain from any alcohol. Instead, enjoy the game with food and non-alcoholic drinks. Being a sober, designated driver is a key role on Super Bowl Sunday. You might just save a life.