The Maui Police Department has joined departments across the state of Hawai`i to participate in the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s National Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign.
During the week of April 7, members of the MPD’s Traffic Section worked saturation patrols around the island focusing their enforcement efforts on violations related to texting or talking on cell phones while driving.
As a result, officers issued citations for 211 cell phone violations, five cell phone violations in a school zone, six child restraint violations, 130 seatbelt violations and 73 other traffic violations. Officers also made six arrests for outstanding warrants and one arrest for Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of Liquor.
As of April 15, MPD has issued a total of 740 citations for cell phone violations. During the calendar year 2018, at total of 2,964 cell phone violation citations were issued.
The campaign will continue until the end of the month. However, MPD officials say the department will maintain its efforts year round to enforce all traffic laws and promote safe driving practices by all on county and state roadways.