Starting tonight and running through Sept. 1, the Maui Police Department will be undertaking a “crackdown” on drunk driving, as part of the nationwide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.
“We are sending a message and we want the people of Maui County to know the Maui Police Department does not tolerate impaired driving,” states an Aug. 15 press release from Sergeant Nick Krau of the Maui PD’s DUI Task Force. “Impaired driving is reckless and preventable, and it’s our job to get that point across. No excuses, no warnings. If drivers are caught driving impaired, they will be arrested.”
Stating that “over 10,000 people” die in alcohol-related crashes every year, Sergeant Krau continued with the warning:
“The DUI Task Force Unit of the Maui Police Department’s Traffic Section will be out in force actively participating in the ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign,” he added in the news release. “Motorist[s] can expect to see increased saturation patrols which will include the use of unmarked patrol vehicles and sobriety checkpoints.”
Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Of course, people shouldn’t drive while intoxicated–regardless of whether the cops are stepping up enforcement with checkpoints and sternly-worded press releases. And if you ever see someone driving who’s impaired, call the Maui Police Department’s non-emergency number: 808-244-6400 and report it.
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