During the stepped up enforcement of a two week campaign on distracted driving, Maui Police issued a total of 764 tickets. That’s an average of 54.6 tickets per day, costing drivers a total of more than $183,000.
Members of the Maui Police Department Traffic Section along with assistance from patrol officers conducted the operation targeting drivers not paying attention to their driving.The campoaign – nationwide – was titled National “U Drive. U Text. U Pay” Campaign. Officers were assigned to look for and cite drivers who were using mobile electronic devices on public roadways, including school and construction areas.
The primary goal of the operation was to make the roadways of Maui County safer by reducing the number of collisions caused by distracted drivers.
Of those 764 citations, 618 citations were for mobile electronic device violations (distracted driving). The citations are broken down as follows:
- MED (Mobile Electronic Device): 616
- MED (School/Construction Zone): 2
- Speeding: 4
- Seatbelt: 15
- Other violations: 127
As is often the case when making traffic stops, investigations by Officers resulted in the discovery of other crimes committed. During the two week period, Officers assigned to the enforcement detail made arrests for 10 felony offenses, 15 misdemeanor offenses, one operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant cases and 9 outstanding warrants. Officers also assisted in the apprehension of a shoplifting suspect, seized drugs including: Crystal methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, marijuana and diazepam and recovered a stolen shotgun with ammunition.
While the national campaign ends this month, enforcement of distracted driving along with other offenses such as speeding and seatbelt violations will continue. Those caught using a mobile electronic device while driving face fines starting at $297. For those caught using their devices in school or construction zones, the fine goes up to $347.
For more information on the effects of distracted driving, please visit www.distraction.gov.