By Acting Lt. Nick Krau, MPD DUI Task Force
St. Patrick’s Day Is One of the Deadliest Days of the Year Because of Impaired Driving. Unfortunately, Saint Patrick’s Day has become a deadly day in the United States, with a dramatic spike in drunk-driving fatalities. Because of this The Maui Police Department will be conducting a Saint Patrick’s Day Impaired Driving Prevention Campaign this Monday through Wednesday. We would like to support a safe and responsible celebration for all of the community that we serve, and by concentrating our traffic enforcement efforts on impaired driving, seat belt, and cell phone offenses during this period we hope to do just that. Motorist can expect to see increased saturation patrols during all hours of the day and night which will include the use of unmarked patrol vehicles and sobriety checkpoints at various locations.
Too many people fail to designate sober drivers. The Maui Police Department is working hard to make sure every driver in our community knows the dangers of impaired driving. On average one person is killed every 52 minutes in a drunk-driving crash in the United States. That’s over 10,000 drunk-driving
fatalities in the United States a year. We all know impaired driving has fatal consequences. If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact The Maui Police Department immediately.
Please also remember to always wear your seat belt and make sure every vehicle occupant is buckled up. Being properly secured in a vehicle is the single most effective way to avoid being killed in a traffic crash. The minimum fine for not wearing a seat belt and/or not being properly restrained in a vehicle is $102. Drivers are responsible for ensuring all occupants in their vehicle are properly restrained. The driver will be issued the citation for any and all seat belt violations which occur in a vehicle.
The third major focus of this campaign in addition to impaired driving and seat belt violations is the use of mobile electronic devices while driving. Driving while using a cell phone is illegal and irresponsible. People who break our mobile electronic device law will be stopped and fined a minimum
Since it’s our job to protect Maui County motorist our Traffic Section is taking this campaign seriously. Maui Police Department Traffic Section’s Acting Lieutenant Nick Krau 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 celebrating.
- 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-emergency number 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.