Members of the Maui Police Department’s Traffic Section along with patrol officers will be conducting a two-week operation targeting seatbelt violations as part of the nationwide “Click-It-Or-Ticket” Campaign. Officers will be assigned to enforce seat belt laws for both drivers and passengers not wearing their seatbelts on our roadways.
The primary goal of the operation is to ensure the safety of all occupants in vehicles on county roadways and the reduction of vehicle injuries and deaths by utilizing seatbelts and child safety seats.
During the two-week campaign, officers will be issuing citations to operators and passengers who are not using their seatbelts or using them improperly. Citations will also be issued for pick-up truck restrictions. All seats within the cab of a pick-up truck shall be occupied prior to any person being allowed to sit in the bed of the truck. No one 12 years old and younger is allowed to sit or ride in the bed of a pick-up truck. A pick-up truck violation carries a $72.00 fine. The penalty for having a child 12 years old and younger in the bed of a pick-up truck is a $97.00 fine.
A seatbelt violation carries a fine of $102.00 per occupant for not wearing their seatbelt. All occupants ages 8 years old and older are required to use a seatbelt in any position within the vehicle. Children 0-3 years old must be secured within a child restraint seat. Children 4-7 years old must be secured in either a child restraint or a booster seat. A child restraint violation carries a mandatory court appearance.