57 intoxicated driving arrests — Maui police

Maui police set up 17 checkpoints and made 57 arrests for driving under the influence of an intoxicant during the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign that ended Monday.

During the 18-day campaign that began Aug. 15, police used both marked and unmarked vehicles during increased traffic enforcement saturation patrols, police said.

In addition to the 57 intoxicated driving arrests, officers made 41 miscellaneous traffic crime arrests and 142 traffic warrant arrests for a total of 240 traffic-related arrests during the campaign.

Police issued 1,255 traffic citations, including 220 for uninsured drivers, 112 for driving without a license, 139 for speeding and 49 for cellphone use.

Although the nationwide campaign has ended, the police DUI Task Force is continuing to patrol roadways and strictly enforce traffic laws, said DUI Task Force Sgt. Nick Krau. He said checkpoints will be set up throughout the county at random locations and times.

“Too many families have already been devastated by the tragic, preventable deaths of loved ones in alcohol-involved crashes,” Krau said. “We want to put an end to these tragedies. We participated in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign because we wanted to send a strong message: The Maui Police Department will not tolerate impaired driving in our community.

“Our goal is to gain the voluntary compliance of all traffic laws and by presenting an unmistakable show of force and arresting impaired drivers who put lives at risk, we are hoping to get our point across.”