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Kona District Has Most DUI Arrests in 2014

October 20, 2014, 5:56 PM HST
* Updated October 20, 5:57 PM
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Over one-third of all DUI related arrests on Big Island roadways this year have come from the Kona district, according to statistics released Monday by the Hawai’i Police Department.

HPD says that 927 people have been booked on DUI offenses as of Oct. 19. That’s an 11.3 percent drop from the same time frame in 2013. Eighteen people were arrested last week.

A breakdown of arrests by district was released with this week’s statistical update. A total of 337 individuals were arrested for DUI-related charges, accounting for 36.3 percent of all arrests on the island. The South Hilo district followed with 300 arrests, amounting for another 32.3 percent of the total. Puna had 145 arrests and South Kohala tallied another 104.

The least amount of DUI arrests came from the North Hilo district, where just four people were taken in this year.

While the amount of people caught driving under the influence has gone down, the number of individuals getting into major traffic accidents continues to climb. There have been 1,244 major accidents this year, a 13 percent rise from the 1,101 at this time last year.

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HPD updated the amount of traffic deaths in Monday’s release, increasing the number to 10 with an earlier announcement of a moped fatality in Kona. This year’s tally is still down from the 23 killed on Big Island roads last year at this time.

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Police say that DUI roadblocks and checkpoints will continue throughout the island.

List of DUI arrests by district

Kona – 337

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South Hilo – 300

Puna – 145

South Kohala – 104

Ka’ū – 21

Hāmākua – 9

North Kohala – 7

North Hilo – 4

Total – 927

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