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HPD Weekly DUI Statistical Breakdown

December 22, 2015, 12:19 PM HST
* Updated December 22, 12:20 PM
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Nineteen motorists were arrested for driving under the influence of an intoxicant on Big Island roadways between Dec. 14 and Dec. 20. Three of the 19 arrested were involved in traffic crashes. These numbers come from the Hawai’i Police Department’s weekly DUI statistical report.

A total of 1,047 DUI arrests have been made so far in 2015. That number is a 6.7 percent decrease from last year’s count of 1,122 arrests during the same time period.

Broken down by district, Kona had the highest number of DUI related arrests during the data week with a total of nine. Puna followed with four DUI related arrests and South Hilo had three. South Kohala, North Kohala, and Hamakua each had one arrest.

On a year-to-date basis, Kona has the highest number of DUI arrests at 401. South Hilo ad Puna followed with 308 and 201 arrests so far this year, respectively.

Major accidents are down by 1.9 percent, compared to last year. So far this year, 1,483 major accidents have taken place, compared to 1,511 at the same point in 2014.

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Traffic fatalities are up by 54.5 percent, compared to one year ago. Seventeen traffic fatalities have occurred on Big Island roadways. At this time in 2014, 11 traffic fatalities had occurred. Those 17 fatalities occurred in 14 fatal crashes, an increase of fatal crashes by 27.3 percent compared to last year.

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Of the 17 fatalities, HPD reports that six were related to drugs and five were caused by a combination of drugs and alcohol.

Police will maintain roadblocks and patrols throughout the island

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