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Holiday Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

The Maui Police Department Traffic Section would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season. As our community prepares for festivities with family and friends, we’ll be working long hours to keep everyone traveling on our roadways safe. This means we will be cracking down on impaired driving as part of the annual holiday season “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” nationwide campaign. While we always take a zero tolerance approach to impaired driving, this campaign helps to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through high-visibility enforcement and public education.
This time of year, with all the holiday parties and festive occasions, many partygoers will be consuming liquor. If you’re celebrating with alcohol this holiday season, The Maui Police Department has a message for you: “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”
Due to the increase in drunk-driving-related incidents around the holidays each year, The DUI Task Force Unit will be out in force and working long hours from now until January 2nd, 2016—actively searching for impaired drivers. This time of year our highways and roadways are especially busy with vehicle and pedestrian traffic. This campaign is a critical law enforcement program that saves lives during a time of the year when impaired driving traditionally increases. If you plan on drinking at a holiday party, bar, or restaurant, let a sober person do the driving – a sober friend, a taxi or public transportation. The safest and only approach is to drive sober.
Every year, more than 10,322 people are killed by impaired drivers in America. This time of year is especially dangerous due to holiday celebrations and frequent parties. The primary mission of our DUI Task Force Unit is to drastically reduce the number of impaired driving crashes in Maui County. As participants of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign period, we will be increasing our number of patrols, and setting up intoxication control checkpoints. If you’re driving impaired, we will find and arrest you. No warnings, no excuses. You’ll face jail time, fines, loss of your driver’s license, and other DUI related expenses.
The only way to truly avoid a DUI is to drive sober. There are many ways to get home safely after drinking, and driving isn’t one of them. Designate a sober driver ahead of time, call a friend or family member. You could also call a taxi. The cost of taxi fare is nothing compared to a DUI, spending the holidays in jail, or most importantly the cost of someone’s life.
In addition to reminding all drivers to drive sober, we are asking for the help and support of our community. If someone you know is about to drive after drinking, take their keys and help them get home safely. We’ve got to work together to make our roads safer this holiday season and year-round.
We are asking drivers to please follow these tips to keep the holidays safe and happy:
• Under the right conditions, even one drink can impair your judgment and increase the risk of getting arrested for driving drunk—or worse, the risk of having a crash.
• If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. Plan ahead; designate a sober driver before the party begins.
• If you have been drinking, do not drive. Call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member, or use our public bus system.
• Remember a sober driver isn’t the person who drank the least. It’s someone who didn’t drink at all.

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