From May 13 to June 2, 2019, the Maui Police Department joined the State Department of Transportation and police departments across the state as part of the National Highway Transportation Administration (NHTSA) National “Click it or Ticket” Campaign.
During the two-week operation, members of the Maui Police Department’s Traffic Division focused enforcement efforts on seatbelt violations.
The efforts yielded numerous violations and several arrests. Traffic officers issued 142 seatbelt violations, seven child seat violations, 23 cellphone violations, four pick-up bed violations, and 47 moving/other violations. Officers also made one arrest for an outstanding warrant, one arrest for Driving with a Revoked License, and one arrest for Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of Liquor.
As of May 30, 2019, Maui Police Department officers have issued 877 seatbelt violations and 82 child restraint violations for the calendar year 2019. During the calendar year of 2018, a total of 2,337 seatbelt citations and 241 child restraint violations were issued.
During the recent operation, officers noticed an increase in voluntary compliance island wide with more motorist and passengers properly wearing seatbelts. The highest compliance area was observed to be in Kihei. This was encouraging as seatbelts have proven to save lives and prevent injuries.
The National “Click it or Ticket” Campaign ended on June 2, 2019. However, the Maui Police Department will continue its efforts year round to address and enforce all traffic laws and promote safe driving practices for all those who utilize our county and state roadways.