Sobriety campaign leads to 55 arrests

Police made 55 intoxicated driving arrests and issued 1,600 traffic citations while increasing enforcement during the recent 20-day “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.

Twenty-eight sobriety checkpoints were set up in various locations during the campaign, which ran from Aug. 16 to Sept. 4. Police also increased traffic enforcement saturation patrols using marked and unmarked police vehicles.

Police said drivers using marijuana and prescription drugs “are increasingly prominent on our roadways, creating serious safety concerns.”

“Someone doesn’t have to be on illegal drugs to be impaired,” according to a Maui Police Department news release. “Some prescription and over-the-counter medications can also cause impairment and affect your ability to drive. If you’re taking medications, make sure you read the labels and talk to your doctor or pharmacist before deciding to drive.”

The traffic citations issued during the campaign included 214 for uninsured motorists, 197 for speeding, 173 for driving without a license and 85 for mobile electronic device or cellphone violations.

Police worked with the state Department of Transportation and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on the campaign, which is aimed at preventing crashes resulting in death, injury and economic loss.