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Posted on: March 29, 2021

U Text U Pay – National Distracted Driving Awareness Campaign

To address distracted driving which occurs daily on Maui County roadways, and reduce avoidable crashes as well as driving fatalities; the Maui Police Department's Traffic Division will be out enforcing our zero-tolerance response to distracted driving (cell phone usage). The public can expect saturation patrols where there is a noticeable increase in traffic enforcement to address distracted driving (cell phone) use while driving.

 Beginning April 5, 2021, MPD Traffic Division will take part in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) U TEXT U PAY Distracted Driving awareness enforcement event. 

 Motorists will see heightened traffic enforcement that will continue thru April 11, 2021. Motorists can also expect to see patrols, which will include the use of unmarked patrol vehicles.

 To date, the Maui Police Department has issued 359 citations for Distracted Driving compared to 329 citations issued this same time last year. In CY 2020, MPD issued a total of 1730 distracted driving citations.

 We need our community to understand it is up to them to make the smart decision to put your phone down and buckle up while driving. Please help put an end to senseless, and preventable crashes that have occurred on our roadways due to distracted driving. 

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