DUI States 08/16/99

HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
TRAFFIC SERVICES SECTION
LIEUTENANT ERNEST E. CORREIA
PHONE: 961-2225
AUGUST 16, 1999

MEDIA RELEASE

During the week of August 9-15, 1999, Big Island police arrested 13 motorists for drunk driving. Two of the drivers were arrested for DUI after being involved in traffic accidents.

So far this year, there have been 768 DUI arrests, a 20-percent increase over the 640 arrested during the same period last year.

There were 34 major accidents during the week. They bring the total number of major accidents so far this year to 1,318, compared to 1,412 during the same period last year, a decrease of 7 percent.

There have been 16 traffic fatalities on the Big Island so far this year, compared to 25 fatalities during the same period last year, a decrease of 36 percent.

Four of the fatalities this year have been alcohol-related, compared to 12 at the same time last year, a decrease of 67 percent. One of the alcohol-related fatalities this year was also drug-related.

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