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HPD Weekly DUI Statistical Breakdown

May 12, 2015, 11:31 AM HST
* Updated May 12, 11:32 AM
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Twenty-seven motorists were arrested on Big Island roadways between May 4-10 for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Of the 27 arrests, ten were involved in traffic crashes and five drivers were under the age of 21. These numbers come from the Hawai’i Police Department’s weekly statistical report.

There has been a total of 355 DUI arrests so far in 2015, compared to 462 during the same time in 2014, a decrease of 23.2 percent.

So far this year, the breakdown of arrests by district is as follows: Hamakua, 5; North Hilo, 2; South Hilo, 128; Puna, 73; Ka’u, 8; Kona, 106; South Kohala, 33; North Kohala, 0.

Major accidents are down by just 12 percent compared to last year, a statistic that continues to rise. This year, there have been 529 major accidents, compared to 601 last year.

Traffic fatalities have skyrocketed by 80 percent as compared to deaths on Big Island roadways in 2014. Nine deaths have occurred so far in 2015, compared to five in 2014.

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According to HPD, one of the traffic fatalities was related to drugs and three were related to a combination of drugs and alcohol.

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Police will continue island-wide patrols and DUI roadblocks.

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