Impaired Driving Enforcement
Maui Police Department News Release
The Maui Police Department will be participating with the nationwide Impaired Driving National Enforcement crackdown from August 16 to September 2, 2013. Police will set up intoxication checkpoints at unannounced locations and times during this two week period. Intoxication checkpoints will be set up county wide, which will include Hana, Lanai and Molokai.
People are encouraged to drive sober. Those that will be consuming alcoholic beverages are reminded not to drive and to use a designated driver or find an alternate mode of transportation.
Police will also step up enforcement with seat belt usage, speeding and electronic mobile devices. Drivers need to remember that all occupants in the vehicle must be using a seat belt or the driver will be cited. Those caught using an electronic mobile device will be cited and will need to appear in court.
Should you have any questions, please contact Lt. Ricky Uedoi, commander of the Traffic Section at (808) 244-6346.
Although I tend to believe that checkpoints are questionably legal in terms of the Queen’s and/or US Constitutions, I have a real problem with the financial incentives , i.e. paid overtime, the police get for conducting “campaigns” like this. The tendency is to write everyone a ticket, even if they are driving in a safe and reasonable manner. There might be some utility in doing this on the mainland, Oahu or Maui but not on Moloka’i where 99% of the island ohana drive Hawaiian style – slow and easy – and the police officers perform in a way that enhances the quality of life for those they serve.
Lopaka Aldrich – Activist
National Motorists Association