The Maui Police Department had a busy St. Patrick’s Day as officers conducted multiple DUI checkpoints to prevent and apprehend impaired drivers.
Over an intensive nine-hour traffic enforcement period, police made a total of 12 traffic-related arrests: nine impaired driving arrests and three other traffic crime arrests.
Police say all nine impaired driving arrests were made at DUI checkpoints. Seven were men, two were women, and the average age of the offenders was 31.
According to police, St. Patrick’s Day rivals Halloween and New Year’s Eve as the busiest night for the department’s vehicle homicide and DUI task force units.
Officers noted numerous vehicles were driven by designated drivers with occupants coming from St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.
Other enforcement efforts included seat belt and cell phone prevention. From March 16-18, the department recorded the following citations:
Total traffic citations issued: 344
No driver’s license: 13
No vehicle insurance: 22
No seat belt or child restraint: 17
Cell phone use: 13