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Maui police cracking down on distracted drivers

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 10:22 a.m. HST, May 07, 2013

WAILUKU » Maui police officers handed out more than 1,000 citations to drivers for using cellphones last month.

The Maui News reports that the number is nearly double the total for the previous four months. Lt. Ricky Uedoi, head of the Traffic Section, says most of the 1,118 tickets were handed out in Central Maui. He says enforcement also was stepped up in South and West Maui.

In Maui County, drivers who use a hand-held mobile device while operating a motor vehicle can be cited under a county ordinance banning the use of such devices. The offense carries a $97 fine.

The move is part of a statewide crackdown on distracted drivers. Money collected from the fines will go into the state general fund.

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mikethenovice wrote:
Easy money for the State's coffers.
on May 7,2013 | 11:15AM
eoe wrote:
I personally think this should be treated exactly like DUI. There is a mounting evidence that texting or otherwise interacting with a phone is actually more dangerous than driving drunk. I am a cyclist - at least half a dozen time I have been cycling and watch a car that just passed me drift into the bike lane just in front of me because the driver is texting or playing with their phone - basically they had been playing around the whole time and it was just sheer chance they didn't drift into the lane a few seconds earlier, leaving my crippled, shattered, or possibly dead body lying in a heap on the side of the road. Wake up people - this isn't a joke.
on May 7,2013 | 12:09PM
Heinbear wrote:
I agree! It amazes me to the number of violations of this law.
on May 7,2013 | 01:10PM
loquaciousone wrote:
I betcha that on Oahu they can hand out 1,000 citations an hour if they really wanted to.
on May 7,2013 | 02:05PM
samigurl wrote:
I drive worse eating and driving than I do talking on the phone and driving.
on May 7,2013 | 03:01PM
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