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Ask the Mayor: Officers Taking Photos of Underage Children They Pull Over

September 8, 2019, 12:01 PM HST
* Updated September 8, 11:41 AM
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Mayor Michael Victorino answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff.

Q: My 17-year-old daughter was recently pulled over at a checkpoint. The police officer who was gathering her information took a picture of her on his cellphone. Are officers supposed to take photos of underage children they pull over?

A: Mahalo for your question. The Maui Police Department recently began implementing a new computerized system that enables officers to attach photographs of violators, who cannot or do not produce their driver’s license.

It isn’t a matter of whether officers are supposed to take a photo of underage children. It seems in this case, your daughter may have been operating a motor vehicle at an intoxication checkpoint without her provisional license on her person – which itself is a violation. That would explain why the photo was taken.

Please remember to observe all rules of the road and practice safe driving. I am proud that our community and police department have rallied behind victims of traffic accidents and my hope is we continue our efforts to protect our residents and visitors.

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Want to Ask the Mayor? Submit your Maui County related questions to Mayor Michael Victorino by email to [email protected], by phone at 270-7855 or by mail at 200 S. High St., ninth floor, Wailuku 96793. Questions submitted will be considered for inclusion in the “Ask the Mayor” column; to request a personal response to a concern, email [email protected]

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