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DUI checkpoints in force for Halloween

Beginning Friday and continuing through Halloween, police traffic officers will increase enforcement of impaired driving through checkpoints and saturation patrols.

So far this year, police have made 478 arrests for impaired driving, including 20 for the felony offense of habitual DUI, for a 15 percent increase over the 417 arrests at the same time last year.

Even more concerning, police said, is the 133 percent increase in fatal motor vehicle crashes so far this year, including 64 percent attributed to both speeding and impaired drivers.

Fourteen people have died in collisions on Maui County roads this year, compared with six deaths at the same time last year.

Police ask that people call police if they see a suspected impaired driver.

Other recommendations include planning a safe way home before consuming intoxicants, using ridesharing services if you have been drinking or calling a taxi, sober friend or family member.

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