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Police Enforcement to Increase for St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

Beginning this Friday and continuing through the weekend, motorist can expect to see increased police patrols during all hours of the day and night, which will include the use of unmarked patrol vehicles, police motorcycles and sobriety checkpoints at various locations.

The Maui Police Department will be concentrating traffic enforcement efforts on stopping impaired driving offenses during this period to ensure every driver in our community knows the dangers of impaired driving.

In the United States, impaired driving kills an average of one person every 53 minutes, or over 10,000 people each year. Every single one of those deaths was preventable.

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. As part of our efforts to keep everyone safe on our roads, there will be zero tolerance for cellular phone use while driving. Hawaii’s mobile electronic device law makes holding a cellular phone in your hand while operating a vehicle a violation subject to a fine amount of $297 or $347 if the violation occurs in a school or construction zone.

We would also like to remind motorists that the State of Hawaii has a “Move Over Law” which requires drivers approaching an emergency vehicle that is stopped with its flashing emergency lights to: slow down to a safe speed, make a lane change into the adjacent lane or, if possible, to two lanes over which leaves one lane between the driver and the emergency vehicle. If necessary, the driver shall come to a complete stop before making a lane change. Please obey this law and help keep our dedicated emergency workers safe on our roads.

We are 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, use the Uber or Lyft ride sharing services, take a taxi or call a sober friend;
  • 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.

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