DUI statistics 02-07-05

HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
TRAFFIC SERVICES SECTION
SERGEANT DEXTER VERIATO
PHONE: 961-2305
FEBRUARY 7, 2005

MEDIA RELEASE

During the week of January 31-February 6, 2005, Big Island police arrested 16 motorists for drunk driving. Three of the drivers were involved in traffic collisions and three were under the age of 21.

So far this year, there have been 61 DUI arrests, compared to 101 during the same period last year, a decrease of 40 percent. The numbers of arrests by district were:

DUI Arrests by District
District Weekly Total Year to Date
Hamakua 0 0
North Hilo 0 1
South Hilo 7 28
Puna 3 9
Ka’u 1 3
Kona 4 15
South Kohala 0 3
North Kohala 1 2
Island Total 16 61

There have been 185 major accidents so far this year, compared to 225 during the same period last year, a decrease of 18 percent.

There have been six traffic fatalities on the Big Island so far this year, compared to two for the same period last year, an increase of 200 percent. There have been no alcohol-related fatalities so far this year, compared to one at this time last year, a decrease of 100 percent. There have been no drug-related fatalities so far this year, compared to one at the same time last year, a decrease of 100 percent.

DUI roadblocks and patrols will be continued on an islandwide basis.

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