216 cellphone citations issued

Maui police issued 216 citations for cellphone violations last week as part of increased surveillance in conjunction with National Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April.

Traffic officers were at various locations and focused enforcement efforts on driving while texting or talking on cellphones the week of April 7, said Lt. William Hankins,, traffic division commander.

During the week, traffic officers issued 211 cellphone violations and five cellphone/school zone violations, Hankins said. Other traffic-related citations were issued for violations of child restraint (six); seat belt (130), and other traffic (73) laws.

Officers also made six arrests for warrants and one arrest for drunken driving, Hankins said.

During 2018, police issued 2,964 cellphone citations. As of Monday, 740 cellphone citations had been issued this year.

The National Distracted Driving Awareness Month is a National Highway Transportation Highway Safety Administration event. Hankins said police will continue its efforts year-round to address and enforce all traffic laws and to promote safe driving practices on county roadways.