It's Halloween weekend and police departments statewide are increasing impaired driving enforcement campaigns. Maui County began last night with three random check points. Four people were arrested out of nearly 450 vehicles screened.
Despite the low number of arrests last night, lieutenant William Hankins with the Maui Police Department says the numbers are overall trending in the wrong direction.
There are 478 impaired driving arrests so far this year compared to 417 at the same time last year. There's also a 133 percent increase in fatal crashes on the island.
"This is not a police problem, it's a community problem. Until the community wakes up and takes action, it's going to continue and it's sad," Lt. William Hankins, Maui Police Department, said.
The lieutenant believes COVID-19 pandemic fatigue is a contributing factor to these grim figures.
"People we see are generally on edge and people are extremely impatient on the road right now. They're making bad decisions, they're not making the right decisions. We put the message out over and over, people just don't seem to be making the right decision," Hankins said.
Hankins hopes impaired driving laws change with stiffer penalties including dropping the blood alcohol content limit from .08 down to .05.