In an effort to keep our streets safe during the Halloween weekend, the Maui Police Department conducted multiple DUI Checkpoints on Halloween night to prevent and apprehend impaired drivers. Halloween rivals St. Patrick’s Day and New Years as the busiest night for the Traffic Section’s Vehicle Homicide Unit and DUI Task Force Unit. While large numbers of people were out on our streets trick-or-treating, others were out drinking and driving, this makes increased patrols and DUI checkpoints very necessary.
Halloween is a time for those young and old to engage in the joyous celebrations of this mystical holiday. Unfortunately, Halloween has also become a holiday associated with alcohol consumption and impaired driving. It’s clear that too many drivers are breaking the law and putting their lives and the lives of others at grave risk. Impaired driving is a choice, a preventable one. There are always other options to driving impaired such as a designated, sober driver; a taxi; or staying the night at a friend’s house.For those caught drinking and driving, the legal and financial penalties are significant. Violators often face jail time, the loss of their driver’s license, higher insurance rates, and dozens of other unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, and lost wages due to time off from work. The average DUI costs around $10,000. Also, there’s the added embarrassment, humiliation, and consequences of telling family, friends and employers of your arrest.
The results of an intensive 10 hour traffic enforcement endeavor to make our roadways safer on Halloween night are as follows:
- Total Traffic related arrests: 13
- Impaired Driving arrests: 9
- Other Traffic Crime arrests: 4
- Total Traffic Citations Issued: 19
- No Driver’s License citations issued: 3
- No Vehicle Insurance citations issued: 5
- No Seat Belt citations issued: 3
- No Child Restraint citations issued: 2
- Other traffic related citations issued: 6
Officers from the Traffic Section made 7 of the 9 impaired driving arrests, and issued 13 of the 19 traffic citations in the Lahaina District. The average age of these impaired driving offenders was 39 years old, 8 of them were males and 1 female.
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