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Maui Police to Enforce Traffic Violations in School Zones

July 31, 2018, 3:03 PM HST · Updated July 31, 3:03 PM
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Maui Now photo. Rally in support of Smoke Free Vehicle Law.

As the beginning of the new school year approaches, the Maui Police Department is reminding motorists to drive safely in and around our schools.

Law enforcement officers from the Maui Police Department’s Traffic Section will be out enforcing Traffic Violations in school zones in the morning and afternoon hours.

Officers will be focusing on violations to Speed Limits, Seatbelt use, Child Restraints, Mobile Electronic Device (cell phone use) as well as the newly passed Maui County Code (8.20.040 R) Smoke Free Vehicle–a violation which occurs when an adult is smoking within a vehicle that is occupied by a person under 18 years of age. Violators face a $200 fine.

The maximum fines for speeding within a school zone increases to $322 and $347 for using a Mobile Electronic Device.

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In addition, Officers will be educating parents and care-givers about Child Passenger Safety by providing informational pamphlets as needed.

Drivers are also being reminded about the state’s “Move Over Law” which requires all drivers approaching an emergency vehicle that is stopped with its flashing emergency lights, to slow down to a safe speed and if possible make a lane change into the adjacent lane.

The public is advised to comply with this law to keep dedicated emergency workers safe on public roads and highways. A violation comes with a mandatory court date.

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