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Over 1,000 tickets given to ‘distracted drivers’

May 9, 2013
The Maui Weekly

The Maui News - As part of a statewide crackdown on distracted driving, Maui police officers gave out more than 1,000 citations to drivers using cellphones last month--nearly doubling the total for the previous four months.

In Maui County, drivers who are talking, texting or even holding and looking at their cellphones can be cited under the ordinance. The offense carries a $97 fine.

The ordinance does allow for the use of hands-free devices while driving.

Most of the 1,118 tickets were handed out in Central Maui by police traffic officers, who also stepped up enforcement in South and West Maui, said Lt. Ricky Uedoi, commander of the police Traffic Section.

"Just because the month is over, we're not going to stop now," Uedoi said.

Money collected from the fines goes to the state general fund.



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