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Maui police urge safe celebrations, launch impaired driving enforcement this weekend

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Impaired Driving Awareness Checkpoint. (file 11.22.19) PC: Wendy Osher

Starting this Friday, Feb. 11, and continuing through the weekend, the Maui Police Department Traffic Division, will be conducting sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols at various locations to address impaired driving over the Super Bowl weekend.

“As always, motorists can expect the Maui Police Department to take a zero tolerance approach to impaired driving. Our goal is to promote voluntarily compliance of all traffic laws and reduce motor vehicle crashes on our roadways,” said Lieutenant William Hankins, Commander of the Maui Police Department’s Traffic Division.

The Maui Police Department is also reminding the public that in addition to being arrested for impaired driving, a violator’s vehicle may be subject to tow at the registered owners expense.

The Maui Police Department DUI Task Force Unit is asking for the public’s assistance in helping to keep roadways safe by following these tips:

  • Plan a safe way home before you start celebrating.
  • Before drinking, designate a sober driver. If you wait until you are impaired, you are more likely to make a bad decision.
  • If you have been drinking, utilize UBER or LYFT, take a taxi, 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 his or her keys. Help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

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