Halloween Roadway Safety and Enforcement Campaign

October 27, 2016, 12:52 PM HST · Updated October 27, 12:55 PM
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Halloween in Lahaina 2015. Photo credit: Maui Police Department.

Halloween in Lahaina 2015. Photo credit: Maui Police Department.

This Halloween, the Maui County Police Department is reminding party-goers that impaired driving will not be tolerated. “If your Halloween festivities involves alcohol, then your safety as well as the safety of our community depends on you having a plan to get home without getting behind the wheel,” police said.

According to information released by the Maui Police Department, Halloween is a particularly deadly night due to impaired drivers.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2015, over half or 52% of all highway fatalities across the nation on Halloween night involved a driver or a motorcycle rider with a Blood Alcohol Concentration of .08% or higher. “These facts are alarming as we all know many children will be out in our community Trick-or-Treating on Halloween night,” police said.

Maui police say, “Impaired driving is reckless, preventable,” and it’s their job to get that point across. Police remind the public that anyone caught driving impaired will be arrested.

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To address these traffic and pedestrian safety concerns, the Maui Police Department’s Traffic Section and all Patrol Districts will be enhancing its traffic enforcement operations this Halloween.

“While traffic safety is always a priority for our Traffic Section, motorist can expect to see an increase in our normal enforcement activities,” police said. The Traffic Section will be conducting multiple Intoxication Control Checkpoints at various locations.

The Maui Police Department’s DUI Task Force is also asking for the public’s assistance in helping to stay safe and protect the community by following the following tips:

• Plan a safe way home before you start your festivities. Before drinking, designate a sober driver. Alcohol impairs judgment. If you wait until you start drinking, you’re more likely to make a bad decision.
• If you’ve been drinking, use UBER, take a taxi or call a sober friend or family member.
• If you see an impaired driver on the road, call the Maui Police Department to report it. You could save a life.
• 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.

For those traveling to Lahaina for Halloween, there will be Halloween Express Bus pick-up and drop-off locations at the War Memorial Gym in Wailuku and Kīhei Aquatic Center in Kīhei. The public can also make arrangements with a family member, friend, UBER or taxi service to be picked up at the drop-off location upon your return.

Visit the Lahaina Town Action Committee website at  or call (808)667-9193 for further information on Halloween in Lahaina and to purchase tickets for the Halloween Express Bus.

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