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DUI patrols out for Halloween

Beginning Friday and continuing through the Halloween weekend, police traffic officers will increase enforcement of impaired driving.

Along with checkpoints, motorists can expect to see saturation patrols, which will include the use of unmarked police vehicles.

So far this year, police have made 392 arrests for impaired driving, compared with 406 at the same time last year. The arrests this year include 19 for habitually driving under the influence of an intoxicant, a felony charge that can be brought when someone has two prior impaired driving convictions within 10 years or at least one habitual impaired driving conviction within 10 years.

The number of habitual impaired driving arrests this year has increased by 500 percent over last year, police said.

“We need our community to understand: It is up to them to make the smart decision to drive sober and help put an end to these senseless preventable deaths occurring on our roadways,” said police traffic Lt. William Hankins. “The Maui Police Department does not tolerate impaired driving. If you are caught driving impaired, you will be arrested.”

Police ask that people call police if they see someone suspected of driving impaired.

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