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HPD Yearly DUI Statistical Breakdown

January 6, 2016, 9:22 AM HST
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duiA total of 1,064 arrests related to driving under the influence of an intoxicant took place in 2015. This number is an overall decrease from 2014’s numbers by 8.1 percent. In 2014, 1,158 individuals were arrested for DUI related incidents.

These statistics come from the Hawai’i Police Department’s yearly statistical breakdown.

Traffic accidents that led to an arrest of a driver for driving under the influence of an intoxicant were up in 2015 by 4.6 percent at 318 arrests. In 2014, 304 individuals involved in traffic accidents were arrested for driving under the influence.

One of the largest percentage increases in 2015 was in drivers arrested for DUI’s who were under the age of 21, with an increase of 16.2 percent. A total of 79 underage drivers were arrested in 2015, compared to 68 in 2014.

Major accidents increased by just under a percentage point to 0.7 percent in 2015. There were 1,541 major accidents in the past year, compared to 1,530 during the year prior.

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Another large increase was seen in traffic fatalities, with a 36.4 percent increase of fatal crashes and 72.7 percent increase for fatalities. A total of 15 fatal crashes took place on the Big Island in 2015. Three of the fatal incidents had multiple deaths, resulting in a total of 19 fatalities. In 2014, 11 fatal crashes took place, resulting in 11 fatalities.

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Thirteen of 2015’s fatalities were the result of impairment, according to police. Of those, one involved alcohol, seven involved drugs, and five involved a combination of drugs and alcohol.

HPD will continue DUI roadblocks and patrols throughout the island.

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