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MADD Honors Maui Officers

May 24, 2011, 5:56 AM HST · Updated May 24, 5:57 AM
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By Wendy Osher

Maui Toyota Assistant General Manager David Whitney, Maui police chief Gary Yabuta, Officer Sepulona Falealii and Captain Wallace Tom. Photo by John Henry.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) joined Maui Toyota yesterday in honoring Maui Police Department officers for the lives they saved in 2010, by identifying drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs and getting them off the road.

MADD issued its Individual Award to Officer Sepulona Falealii who made three impaired driving arrests in the Molokai District.

The Maui Police Department’s Vehicle Homicide Unit, led by Sergeant Barry Aoki, was issued the MADD Unit Award for exceptional achievement.  Others on the investigative unit team are Officers Dukie Racadio, Lawrence Becraft, Duke Pua, Dawn Danley and Gregg Rowe.

Maui police chief Gary Yabuta, MADD executive director Jennifer Dotson and Maui Toyota Assistant General Manager David Whitney. Photo by John Henry.

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MADD also recognized Maui police officers who made the most arrests for driving under the influence last year. The honorees are:

  • Officer Rod Corso, Wailuku District, 14 arrests;
  • Officers Jeffrey Platt and Angela Starr, Hana District, 1 arrest each;
  • Officer Marvin Tevaga, Lahaina District, 18 arrests;
  • Officer Falealii, Molokai District, 3 arrests; and
  • Officer Carl Eguia, Kihei District, 12 arrests.

MADD’s annual awards raise awareness about the critical need to prevent underage drinking, stop drunk driving and support victims of this violent crime.  Statistics show that more than half of all traffic fatalities in Hawaii involve alcohol.

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